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dragonblade



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2018 7:12 pm    Post subject: Your favourite microscopic organism? Reply with quote

Just curious if you have a favourite microscopic organism or organisms? Of the ones that Ive seen through my own microscope and that Ive been able to identify, it would be the rotifier. They just seem so unusual to me with those large mouth parts lined with rapidly beating cilia. And I like how they anchor themselves to a fixed point and then swim off if they choose. Other micro organisms that I particularly like (but have not viewed through my scope yet) are tardigrades, hydra, amoeba and water fleas. I hope I get to see these one day on a slide.

So what are your favourites?
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hero



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2018 11:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm partial to Volvox, because they are so geometric and oddly cute in a way. Some might think them boring due to the regularity and self-similarity of features, but to watch them float around is almost like, I dunno, nature's screensaver?
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dragonblade



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2018 1:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah Volvox - great choice! I like their perfect spherical appearance. I do find them attractive - I could almost visualise them as a Christmas Tree decoration (if only they were larger.) I don't think Ive been lucky enough to see these through my microscope yet - not that I recall. Ive seen some really nice footage of them online (captured with darkfield setups.)
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Harald



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2018 11:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi there,
I think my favourite micro subject is the Daphnia.
Just love them and easy to get Very Happy
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Sumguy01



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2018 8:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very Happy Two of my favorites are Gastrotrich and Collotheca.
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GaryB



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 4:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My favorite maybe some form of amoeba but I'm not sure because I've only seen it twice and it changes shape from a sphere to a blob. I haven't found any useful info on the web so I'm just guessing. It's a fascinating creature though.
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MarkSturtevant



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2018 9:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have many favorites, but when I see Vorticella I am transfixed for a long time just watching them do their thing.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2018 5:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nothing better than surveying a drop of pond water and just looking at everything. But diatoms are my favourite organisms. Easy to find, loads of variety and it's a technical challenge to capture their finest details optically.
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Charles Krebs



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2018 10:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Volvox in darkfield is hard to beat! Soothing to watch.

Lacrymaria "hunting" is fascinating in the opposite way... bizarre, nasty, aggressively predacious. If I was shrunk down to protist size they would be terrifying!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZquzlvEEZq8
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