Web edition: July 2, 2001
Just in case anybody thought real life paled before the twisted creatures of sci-fi movies, check the Mite Photo Gallery by biologist David Walter of the University of Queensland in Australia. Portraits of more than 40 species offer plenty of weird shapes. The peacock mite, for example, bristles with little leaf-shaped flaps, and a "pan-tropical tramp" mite illustrates what a sports dome would look like if it had spindly legs.
Go to: http://www.uq.edu.au/entomology/mite/mitetxt.html