Trapped Lepadella

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Trapped Lepadella

Post by bernhardinho »

Hi folks,

got a sample of my hay infusion lately. It was full of oil bubbles, probably from deceased copepodes and such. This poor critter, a Lepadella rotifer, got trapped in a large bubble. The pics ain't very sharp, but the scenario was quite weird to watch:( a good plot for Hollywood: " The killer oil bubbles strike back")

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Bernhard

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Post by rjlittlefield »

Bernhard, this is really interesting!

I think the pics are quite sharp, but they sure took me a while to figure out. If I'm finally seeing correctly, the rotifer is stuck on the side of the oil bubble, and we're seeing the rotifer side-on as well. So it's kind of like if a gnat got stuck on the side of a water drop, and was unable to fly away because the surface tension of the water held it in place?

I notice there are a lot of little bubbles "underneath" the rotifer (toward the center of the drop). I suppose those must be bubbles of water, that the rotifer drove underneath itself while thrashing around?

--Rik

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Post by bernhardinho »

Well, I've no idea, Rik. I didn't actually witness how it got there.

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Post by beetleman »

Interesting information Bernhard and some great photos also, very sharp.
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