|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.