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Paramecium Blebbing ( and a visitation ) : movie

 
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Thomas Ashcraft



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 15, 2006 2:36 pm    Post subject: Paramecium Blebbing ( and a visitation ) : movie Reply with quote




The above phase contrast image is extracted from an .avi movie file.

Every once in a while at the microscope I encounter some creature in the process of dying. In this instance a Paramecium has ruptured and its cytoplasm is spilling out, creating a bleb. During this rupturing another protozoan appeared and it seemed to possibly have its own blebs ( though I'm not sure about that.) I haven't positively identified what species this particular visitor microbe was, possibly a Frontonia or a Glaucoma or something.

Here is a 36 second movie extract of the blebbing and an interesting visitation that occurs. Again, choice of DivX or .mp4. Note for folks on dialup, the files are about 6 Mb in size.

http://www.heliotown.com/Paramecium_Blebbing.html

Tom in New Mexico

Canon S3 IS in movie mode
400x phase contrast Meiji scope and optics

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Ken Ramos



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 17, 2006 9:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So that's what it is called, a "bleb?" Interesting, I have never heard that before. Great shot and thanks! Very Happy
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