STEVE GSCHMEISSNER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY STEVE GSCHMEISSNER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Soil mite. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a soil mite. This mite is typically found in moss and leaf litter. Mites are a highly adaptable group that are related to spiders and have eight legs (four of which are here seen raised). Some mite species are parasites, while soil mites form part of the great diversity of organisms that contribute to the break down of plant material. Magnification: x100 when printed at 10 centimetres wide.
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