|Description:||Under a moderately high magnification of 1094x, 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. After viewing this tiny creature from a number of perspectives, in this particular view it was determined that the head region was situated towards the left, and that emanating from the head were a number of paired sensorial antennae. The wondrous beauty displayed by this creature makes one think of a mobile undersea coral reef.