ID#: 8810
Magnified 6601X, this scanning electron microscopic (SEM) image revealed some of the ultrastructure displayed by a mite from the genus Nanorchestes, that had been present on the skin surface of a deceased lizard. This organism was festooned with an adornment of chitinous exoskeletal outcroppings. Under this high magnification, these exoskeletal complexities were better appreciated, in their diaphanous majesty. Members of this genus are free-living, fungivorous soil and leaf-litter/moss mites that were simply an incidental finding on the skin of this lizard. It is not a lizard associate per se, and certainly not parasitic.
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Content Provider(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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