We had the annual “looking at muck down a microscope” practical last week. As usual, the best thing we saw was a ciliate in some pond water, in this case a little trumpet animalcule:

Stentor sp. [CC-BY-SA-3.0 Steve Cook]

Stentor sp. The green bits are either symbiotic algae, or dinner, possibly a bit of both.

Previous winners: Vorticella and Lacrymaria. The Ciliata really are the phylum that keeps on giving.


    • Laura on 2015-07-09 at 13:05
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    Neat. I remember the boat-shaped diatoms that I saw in that practical in the first year. I hope that you’ll keep posting, because you post interesting thing!

  1. Cheers! I have had about a dozen posts half-written since last summer, but keep not finding the time to finish them. I shall make an effort over the summer…

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