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Hi ,
i post some pics and a video of a giant in the microscopic world...do you now genera??
obb. 16x PH and DIC illumination and Flash
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdH15ESU6MU

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excellent video quality and beautiful pictures

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Post by Baley »

I second that! remarkable clarity in the video. It reminds me of a dog sniffing around in the yard. Curious to know what it is.

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That's a wonderfully clean-looking video.

It's a Haptorian, of course...but of what order? The constriction in the front is a bit deceptive, at first, but it seems to be a Pleurostomatid, not a Spathidiid. The mouth slit seems to continue beyond the narrowing (as we see at 1:38 in the video). There is no terminal vacuole, and a row of small dorsal vacuoles, and the posterior is pointed. Unfortunately, I can't make out the macronuclei, clearly, and there are only brief glimpses of body cilia (I keep reaching for an imaginary focus knob! :D ). We don't see a flattened area lined with ventral trichocysts, so probably not Loxophyllum. It is harder to rule out other Litonotids, although it has more of an Amphileptid look, to me. That is as far as I can go, I'm afraid. I hope someone else can do better! :)

Is the coverslip weighing down on this fellow? He seems a bit bulgy...
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I enjoyed so much watching this video :-) Nice! Thank you!
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..many thanks to all for comments! :wink:

Bruce: it may be an Homalozoon vermiculare?
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arturoag75 wrote:..many thanks to all for comments! :wink:

Bruce: it may be an Homalozoon vermiculare?
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arturo
It's one of the Haptorians I considered, but I ruled it out because I don't see the characteristic fan-shaped oral structures, and there is no sign of the usual pharyngeal mass. Also, as I mentioned, the mouth is not entirely apical...it seems to continue "around the corner," into the vicinity of the neck. Finally, if it were Homalozoon, we'd expect to see at least a few beads of its very conspicuous macronucleus.

For comparison, here is a brief video, pointing out some features of Homalozoon vermiculare:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1a9PPBFM8YM

Here is another Homalozoon (possibly the more gracile H. flexile), showing the typical mouth structure, and the characteristic "keel" that runs down the middle of the creature:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGajnccYxvk

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Arturo,

Excellent video and still images.

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Big, slow, fat and with this nose...it must be a manatee, not a protozoan :lol:

Excellent pictures andvideo as usual!
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Bruce Taylor wrote:
arturoag75 wrote:..many thanks to all for comments! :wink:

Bruce: it may be an Homalozoon vermiculare?
best
arturo
It's one of the Haptorians I considered, but I ruled it out because I don't see the characteristic fan-shaped oral structures, and there is no sign of the usual pharyngeal mass. Also, as I mentioned, the mouth is not entirely apical...it seems to continue "around the corner," into the vicinity of the neck. Finally, if it were Homalozoon, we'd expect to see at least a few beads of its very conspicuous macronucleus.

For comparison, here is a brief video, pointing out some features of Homalozoon vermiculare:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1a9PPBFM8YM

Here is another Homalozoon (possibly the more gracile H. flexile), showing the typical mouth structure, and the characteristic "keel" that runs down the middle of the creature:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGajnccYxvk
Many thanks for explanation...unfortunately DIC don't show me nuclei, but if i find another one, i try to make some pics!
arturo :wink:

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RIch ,Pau,
many thanks for comments
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