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Description:Under a high magnification of 2689x, this scanning electron microscopic (SEM) image revealed the highly ornate ultrastructural morphology associated with the exoskeletal surface of a mite found on the skin of a deceased lizard, on the grounds of the Decatur, Georgia suburbs. As a member of the specie Nanorchestes sp., Family Nanorchestidae, this is a free-living, fungivorous soil and leaf-litter/moss mite that was simply an incidental finding on the exterior of this lizard. It is not a lizard associate per se and certainly not parasitic.
To the unaided eye, these arthropods would go unnoticed, but under magnified scrutiny, the details of their incredibly beautiful, ultrastructural morphology were revealed. After viewing this tiny creature from a number of perspectives, it was determined that in this particular field of view, the head region was 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.
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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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