Caption: Gecko (lizard) foot / toe hairs (Hemidactylus frenatus). A lizard's foot has at least a half a million microscopic hairs, (one-tenth the thickness of a human hair). The end of each hair is split into smaller hairs. At the frayed ends these smaller hairs have spatula-shaped structures -- about a billion per gecko. This spatula-shaped tip can flatten over rough or smooth surfaces and increases the area with which the hair can make contact. The geckos movement is accomplished by rolling and un-rolling these hairs onto the surface.
Magnification*: x260
Type: SEM
Copyright 2002 Dennis Kunkel Microscopy, Inc.
Keywords: foot,foot hairs,gecko,Hemidactylus frenatus,house gecko,lizard,misc. vertebrates,seta,setae,setal tips,spatulae,toe hairs,toe setae,vertebrate,vertebrates,SEM,gecko foot,08.01.09,99826B