Mystery organism photo of the month — November

By Hilary Miller 13/11/2009

There are two organisms in this photo…  who can tell me what the small round scaly things are?

And for bonus points, whats the other organism in the photo?

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  • Just a guess – ticks or mites of some kind?
    On a reptile (maybe a tuatara)?

  • Correct! Amblyoma sphenodonti, an ixodid tick specifc to tuatara. Like its host, its quite genetically divergent from its closest relatives. It also has a much more restricted distribution than tuatara – being found in only around 8 (out of 30-odd) tuatara populations.