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Description:Under a moderately high magnification of 547x, this scanning electron microscopic (SEM) image revealed the presence of numbers of mites from the specie Nanorchestes sp., Family Nanorchestidae, which were highly festooned with an adornment of chitinous exoskeletal outcroppings. Under higher magnifications, i.e., PHIL 8808, 8809, these exoskeletal complexities were better appreciated in their diaphanous majesty.
To the unaided eye, these arthropods would go unnoticed, but under magnified scrutiny, the details of their incredibly beautiful, ultrastructural morphology were revealed. Members of the Nanorchestes sp.are free-living, fungivorous soil and leaf-litter/moss mites that in this case, being found on this lizard's skin, was simply an incidental finding. It is not a lizard associate per se, and certainly not parasitic.
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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
CDC Organization
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