|Description:||Under a magnification of 459x, this scanning electron microscopic (SEM) image revealed the presence of numbers of mites from the specie Nanorchestes sp., Family Nanorchestidae. Members of this specie 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. Under higher magnifications, i.e., PHIL 8808, 8809, the mite’s exoskeletal complexities are 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. After viewing this tiny creature from a number of perspectives, it was determined that in this particular field of view, the head region that was pointing towards the upper right, from which were what appeared to be a number of paired sensorial antennae emanating from this region. The wondrous beauty displayed by this creature makes one think of a mobile undersea coral reef.