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Can anyone tell me what this is?

#1 Post by Lilly Begonia » Sat Mar 10, 2018 4:51 pm

I've no idea, just found it in pond water, and I've never seen one of these before. Very different:

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And I just found another one...

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#2 Post by clengman » Sat Mar 10, 2018 5:13 pm

Some kind of flatworm?

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#3 Post by Lilly Begonia » Sat Mar 10, 2018 5:20 pm

clengman wrote:Some kind of flatworm?
I don't think so... I've seen flatworms before, this is not like them. I really have no idea. Not a ciliate, no internal motion, I'm stumped.

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#4 Post by Charles » Sat Mar 10, 2018 5:45 pm

Appears to be flatworms or fluke. Here are some Google images:
https://www.google.com/search?q=microsc ... UQ_AUICigB

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#5 Post by charlie g » Sat Mar 10, 2018 6:10 pm

Please tell us if this object is active, was it moving about when you observed it? What objective magnification spec were these images captured with, what overall magnification would you estimate we are enjoying here? What sample is this object from? thanks for all your terrific microscopy posting, Lilly. Charlie guevara

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#6 Post by Lilly Begonia » Sat Mar 10, 2018 6:35 pm

charlie g wrote:Please tell us if this object is active, was it moving about when you observed it? What objective magnification spec were these images captured with, what overall magnification would you estimate we are enjoying here? What sample is this object from? thanks for all your terrific microscopy posting, Lilly. Charlie guevara
Hi Charlie, I was using the 10/.25 objective, as noted in the pics, it was not moving and quite inactive. It's from a pond here on the Cape I took a sample from last week. I'm not even sure how to classify this organism. I've never seen one like it before, and I have something even stranger I'm about to post, the weirdest thing I've yet seen under my microscope, I kid you not.

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#7 Post by charlie g » Sat Mar 10, 2018 6:42 pm

If it were moving..like others in this thread...I'd say: 'micrturbellarian'...due the first image showing pigmented eye spots'. But being non-motile...too little resolution to speculate ( for me that is).

Thanks for your microscopy in forum, Lilly. Charlie guevara

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#8 Post by clengman » Sat Mar 10, 2018 6:46 pm

Lilly Begonia wrote:
clengman wrote:Some kind of flatworm?
I don't think so... I've seen flatworms before, this is not like them. I really have no idea. Not a ciliate, no internal motion, I'm stumped.
There are many types of flatworms.

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#9 Post by jimur » Sat Mar 10, 2018 7:00 pm

Something moved, as the photos are showing opposing sides.
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#10 Post by Lilly Begonia » Sat Mar 10, 2018 7:03 pm

jimur wrote:Something moved, as the photos are showing opposing sides.
No, that's two different ones. The second is two frame lines down on the slide from the first. If you'll note in my post I said I'd found another one.
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#11 Post by actinophrys » Sat Mar 10, 2018 7:15 pm

This is an egg, and you can see the beginnings of segments inside, which are characteristic of arthropods like insects. I don't have the expertise to say exactly which kind, but for instance you can find pictures of midge eggs (though usually in masses) that look much like this, complete with the otherwise-flatworm-like eyespots.

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#12 Post by Lilly Begonia » Sat Mar 10, 2018 7:18 pm

actinophrys wrote:This is an egg, and you can see the beginnings of segments inside, which are characteristic of arthropods like insects. I don't have the expertise to say exactly which kind, but for instance you can find pictures of midge eggs (though usually in masses) that look much like this, complete with the otherwise-flatworm-like eyespots.
Okay, good enough for me :)

It's an egg... of something, we don't know what, but it's an egg.

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#13 Post by SunshineLW » Sun Mar 11, 2018 4:01 pm

It could be a flatworm; however, it is no flatworm of mammals. If it is, it is one not mentioned in any modern textbooks.

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