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Description:Photographed here under a low magnification of 26x, this scanning electron microscopic (SEM) image depicted some of the external morphologic features of a deceased lizard’s foot found desiccated on the suburban grounds of 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.
This electron micrographic study revealed the presence of a coating of debris adhered to the surface of this unidentified lizard's skin, which turned out to be primarily comprised of vegetative matter in the form of pollen grains, and a population of numbers of fungivorous soil and leaf-litter/moss mites from the specie Nanorchestes sp., Family Nanorchestidae. See PHIL 8803 through 8816 for images that include views of these interesting little stowaways.
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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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