Saturday, January 9, 2016

Answer to Case 380

Answer: Sarcoptes scabei, the human "itch mite."

You can identify this tiny mite by its overall shape including characteristic short stumpy legs (8 in adults) and broad, rounded body.

As Florida Fan mentioned, there are other, animal-specific scabies mites which have a similar appearance, but tend to be host specific and cannot survive on humans.

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