Posted 09 May 2012 - 01:21 PM
At first I thought maybe it was a variety of hydra, but none of the hydra I've seen in photos resembled this creature. Now I'm thinking maybe it was some kind of rotifer? The water sample was taken from a fresh water pond located in our subidivision. There were actually two of them swimming about in the same drop of water and their movements were reminiscent of an octopus (perhaps a quadapus?).
Any suggestions? Kind of a cute little guy...
Posted 10 May 2012 - 08:10 AM
Hopefully someone here will know what it is, sorry I can't help.
Posted 10 May 2012 - 10:52 AM
Before we did, I thought a rotifer was some kind of gardening apparatus :-)
Posted 10 May 2012 - 06:52 PM
IMHO, live rotifers are the Orion Nebulas or Saturns of the microscopic world - always crowd pleasers.
Posted 10 May 2012 - 07:02 PM
I still think rotifers are some of the coolest microscopic creatures to observe
Posted 23 May 2012 - 05:40 PM
Posted 24 May 2012 - 03:59 PM
Why are they called rotifiers? Silly q but do they rot dead organic stuff in ponds??
The most common rotifers (bdelloid) have two little crowns of cilia around their mouth - the cilia move to pull food into their mouth, and the motion makes the crown appear to turn - hence the name "rotifer" from "rotate". You can see what this looks like on this Youtube video.
Posted 25 May 2012 - 10:58 PM
Also, the front "limb" is squared off, like it's some sort of trunk while the rear appendages taper to points.
The guy sure is big, shows up easily at 40X and fills the view entirely at 800X with a wide angle ep!
Posted 15 April 2013 - 09:49 PM
Posted 30 May 2013 - 01:34 PM
Whay you have there is a Dinoflagellet (mispelled probably).