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Post by René »

Not every dino is a dinosaurus, but this unicelluar dino at 66 um long does also have an eye, is a ferocious predator and hangs out in the sun. Who still dares to think unicellulars are at the bottom of the evolutionary tree?

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The eye is a well developed piece of engineering, with a lens which reflects the light into the black melanin body, which is lined with a retina, made from a leftover chloroplast. Behind the eye, in the left part of the body some cigar-like bodies can be seen, these are harpoons that are used to attack prey.

Images with 20/0.7 on an inverted scope.

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Post by Mitch640 »

Very nice Rene. Is this a marine animal?

I am constantly amazed by single celled animals of all kinds. It has even crossed my mind, that multi-cellular life is a dead end in evolution. Why bother, when a single cell can do almost the same thing, and in some cases, better? LOL

Can you tell me the name of this guy, so I can search for more information?
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Post by Charles Krebs »


I've heard about these, but don't recall ever seeing an image of them. Not a particularly large creature either, considering all that is "going on". Thanks for posting it.

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Post by Ernst Hippe »

after Hoppenrath et al., Marine Phytoplankton, this could be the marine dinophyte Proterythropsis (= Nematopsides) vigilans. Distribution: North Sea and North Atlantic Ocean.
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Post by René »

Ha danke, Ernst. I forgot to include details here. It is indeed Proterythropsis, which one I'm not sure. Green Proterythropsis sp have not been reported yet. Rare in any case, and generally I am not able to go further in ID then warnowiid in our Lugol samples. But with a lot of luck we find it some now and then in a live sample. This one is from 135km NW of Terschelling.

Yes, it is indeed highly developed. Counterintuitively as it might be, with such rarity it is apparently not a very succesful evolutionary strategy. I certainly hope to find it again next season so I can get better pictures.


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