Female moss mite, SEM

Female moss mite, SEM

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Credit: EYE OF SCIENCE/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Female moss mite. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a female moss mite (Order Oribatida) turned on her side so the underside is in full view. the light brown coloured appendage (extending centre middle to far left) is the mite's ovipositor. This organ is used to place eggs onto a substrate. Moss mites are most often found in soil and leaf litter and play an important role in the decomposition of plant matter. Magnification: x70 when printed at 10 centimetres wide.

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