Mystery organism photo of the month — November

By Hilary Miller 13/11/2009 2

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?

2 Responses to “Mystery organism photo of the month — November”

  • 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.