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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.
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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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