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Deer ked claw, SEM

Deer ked claw, SEM

C038/8293

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JANNICKE WIIK-NIELSEN / VETINST / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY JANNICKE WIIK-NIELSEN / VETINST / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a deer ked (Lipoptena cervi) claw. L. cervi lives as an ectoparasite on deer, moose and other cervids, burrowing through the fur and sucking the blood of the host. While the deer ked may on occasion bite humans, which may result in intense itching around the bite mark, the ked cannot utilise humans as a host. Specialized claws help the deer ked cling to and move through dense fur. The body is flattened and covered with spines, making its removal difficult. Magnification: x250 when printed at 10cm wide.

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