travelling diatoms

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Franz Neidl
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travelling diatoms

Post by Franz Neidl »

This are "travelling" diatoms (as epiphytes) attached to a living (marine) copepod. I dont know the species of the copepod and of the diatoms.

3 pictures:
1.) Obj. 10x, DIC, stack with 8 pics
2.) Obj. 20x, DIC, 9 pictures
3.) Obj. 20x, Phasecontrast, 7 pics





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Post by Mitch640 »

We would call those "hitchhikers" here. Like sticky weed seeds grabbing on to your pants leg as you walk through a field. :)

Very nice shots and kind of a good way for the diatoms to get around without expending their own energy. LOL

Charles Krebs
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Post by Charles Krebs »

Nice shots Franz.

These copepods move about so rapidly and constantly, it's sort of fascinating that diatoms are able to "latch" on, and then hang on with such a strong "bond".

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