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Description:Magnified 267x, this scanning electron microscopic (SEM) image revealed the presence of a coating of debris adhered to the ventral surface of an unidentified lizard's head region, which had been found deceased on the grounds of the Decatur, Georgia suburbs. Note the myriad of what proved to be unidentified pollen grains, and unknown parasitic mites. For the full complement of images related to this specimen see PHIL 8803 through 8816, which includes highly magnified views of a Nanorchestes sp. mite found coincidentally on this repitiles skin.
Also of interest was the configuration of the lizard's skin, which was composed of overlapping scaled, much the same way roof shingles are laid down in an overlapping fashion. The reptile had been weathered by the elements for a number of days post mortem, and therefore, the edges of the scales seem to be warped, possibly due to this desiccatory process. Note the small, horny protuberances, which are actually keratinized skin adnexae, as well as the diaphanous, "anemone-like" structures, though unidentified, were thought to be vegetative in nature.
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Content Providers(s):CDC/ William L. Nicholson, Ph.D.; Cal Welbourn, Ph.D., Gary R. Mullen
Creation Date:2006
Photo Credit:Janice Haney Carr
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