Sunday, December 9, 2012

Answer to Case 236

Answer:  Scabies mites (Sarcoptes scabiei)

Note that the specimen shown appears to have 6 legs, indicating that it is a nymph.  Like all other acari (inc. ticks and mites), the adult will have 8 legs.

I like this case in that you can clearly see the features of the developing nymph inside the egg. 

You can also appreciate the short stumpy legs terminating in spines.

1 comment:

Audrey S. said...

This is just beautiful.