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Photographic gallery.  Thousands of particles under the microscope.

Indoor Mite Debris

A good source for information on human Demodex mites is "Human Demodex Mite: The Versatile Mite of Dermatological Importance" by Parvaiz Anwar Rather and Iffat Hassan, Indian Journal of Dermatology, vol. 59, no. 1, pp. 60-66, Jan-Feb, 2014.

These images are from environmental tapelift samples. These were collected from the skin of different individuals.

KINGDOM: Animalia DIVISION: Arthropoda CLASS: Arachinida SUBCLASS: Acari ORDER: Trombidiformes FAMILY: Demodicideae GENUS: Demodex SPECIES: folliculorum

These mites inhabit the human skin, living in the hair follicles. A closely related species Demodex brevis, lives in the sebaceous glands rather than the hair follicles.

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