On the North Carolina State University website, Michelle Trautwein, an adjunct assistant professor of entomology, looks at all the creatures living on your body right now. In particular, besides microbes, fungi and viruses, there are also other animals, some closely related to the spider.
Right now, in the general vicinity of your nose, there are at least two species of microscopic mites living in your pores. You would expect scientists to know quite a lot about these animals (given that we share our faces with them), but we don’t.
Here is what we do know: Demodex mites are microscopic arachnids (relatives of spiders and ticks) that live in and on the skin of mammals – including humans. They have been found on every mammal species where we’ve looked for them, except the platypus and their odd egg-laying relatives.
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