Under a high magnification of 2689x, this scanning electron micrograph (SEM) revealed the highly ornate ultrastructural morphology associated with the exoskeletal surface of a mite found on the skin of a deceased lizard, on the grounds of the Decatur, Georgia suburbs. As a member of the specie Nanorchestes sp., Family Nanorchestidae, this is a free-living, fungivorous soil and leaf-litter/moss mite that was simply an incidental finding on the exterior of this lizard. It is not a lizard associate per se and certainly not parasitic.
CDC/ William L. Nicholson, Ph.D.; Cal Welbourn, Ph.D., Gary R. Mullen
December 4, 2012
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