ID#: 8815
Under a magnification of 26X, this scanning electron microscopic (SEM) image depicted some of the external morphologic features of a lizard’s foot found desiccated on the ground in Decatur, Georgia. Note the armor-like appearance of the horny, scaled exterior. The clawed morphology displayed by the reptile's foot closely reflects that displayed by birds as well. A number of fungivorous soil and leaf-litter/moss mites, from the genus Nanorchestes, were found on the surface of the skin as well. See PHIL 8803 through 8816 for images that include views of one of these interesting little stowaways.
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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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