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Olympusman



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2018 12:31 pm    Post subject: Micrasterias furcata Reply with quote

Micrasterias furcata


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2018 3:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting, specifically, where would you find something like this?
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2018 8:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice.
Thanks for sharing.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2018 12:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2018 9:15 am    Post subject: Micrasterias furcata Reply with quote

Thanks all. From what I have found, each pond has specific populations of protists and desmids. I dip many ponds in our area and have found the flora and fauna can even vary by the time of the year. This particular pond has a very large population of M. furcata and a lesser population of M. truncata. In another pond that ratio might be reversed.
The best sites are freshwater ponds or bogs that are still. I have found that running streams have somewhat lower populations of protists, though you may take some rocks home and scrape off the biofilm for specimens.
If you do a pond dip, get some plant life, add water from the specimen site and get a dollop of mud off the bottom to add to the sample jar. I usually cram a lot of plant life in the jar and set it on a sunny windowsill for a day or two, ocassionally stirring the sample to shake any critters loose so they settle on the bottom. Then I remove the plant life leaving the water and loose stuff behind. If there are many large bits, I'll stir up the water and filter it into another jar with a kitchen wire strainer so I don't have too many thick pieces that will raise the thickness of the cover skip so I have a better working distance with my 60X objective.
If you plan to go to downtown Phoenix, I always did well with Encanto Park.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2018 10:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Mike
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