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A Mitey Claw

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claw of a mite

If the key to happiness is appreciating the little things in life, then take a moment to appreciate the claw of a microscopic mite only 600 µm long. It’s from a new species discovered in the soil of a chestnut plantation where they use their nubbles and knobs (technically known as palettes) to “swim” through the soil in search of… well, we don’t quite know what yet. But something tasty.

Check out more images of these amazing critters in Jennifer Frazer’s post on The Artful Amoeba: New Worm-Like Mite Features Extraordinary Upholstery

Image in the public domain.

Kalliopi Monoyios About the Author: Kalliopi Monoyios is an independent science illustrator. She has illustrated several popular science books including Neil Shubin's Your Inner Fish and The Universe Within, and Jerry Coyne's Why Evolution is True. Find her at www.kalliopimonoyios.com. Follow on Twitter @symbiartic.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.



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