Under a magnification of 459x, this scanning electron micrograph (SEM) 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.
CDC/ William L. Nicholson, Ph.D.; Cal Welbourn, Ph.D., Gary R. Mullen
December 4, 2012
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