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From a ventral perspective, magnified 1228x, this 2006 scanning electron microscopic (SEM) image depicted an enlarged view of the chitinous, exoskeletal surface of a female louse, Pediculus humanus var. corporis, in the region where the right antennal scape attached to its head. In this particular view, the exoskeleton seems to be composed of interlocking plates, in order to provide flexibility to this patent joint, where the chitinous components were arranged in a plate-like manner, attached to one another with thin layers of exoskeletal chitin. Chitin is a molecule made up of bound units of acetylglucosamine, which is joined in such a way as to allow for increased points at which hydrogen bonding can occur. In this way chitin provides increased strength, and durability as an exoskeletal foundation.
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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Joseph Strycharz, Ph.D.; Kyong Sup Yoon, Ph.D.; Frank Collins, Ph.D.
Creation Date:2006
Photo Credit:Janice Haney Carr
CDC Organization
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