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No idea what this is

#1 Post by FLReef32043 » Tue Dec 25, 2018 1:42 am

While perusing a "wild" pond sample this evening I came across this. The "spines" caught my attention at 40x - but at 100x I was pretty set back by what appeared to be a "leg." Anyone have any idea what this may actually be?

My thinking was this was some form of plant till seeing the "leg" but it also doesn't seem to be "in proportion." I'm thinking at this point they are completely unrelated. Still not sure why the "plant" would be underwater in the substrate.
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Re: No idea what this is

#2 Post by Radazz » Sun Mar 10, 2019 3:45 pm

Mosquito larva?
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Re: No idea what this is

#3 Post by Peter » Thu Mar 14, 2019 5:57 pm

Possibly the remains of the exoskeleton from a dead thrip.
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#4 Post by iconoclastica » Fri Mar 15, 2019 5:51 pm

It's hard to see without the possibiity to move around. I think you have there the remains of more than one dead body clung together. The spiny thing might well be a wing. Small insects often have extending hairs instead of glassy wings. Thrip could very well be the correct suggestion indeed. Alternatively it could be a mandiible shaped for sifting through the water. But since it's so elongated I think its a wing.

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#5 Post by iconoclastica » Fri Mar 15, 2019 5:52 pm

It's hard to see without the possibility to move around. I think you have there the remains of more than one dead body clung together. The spiny thing might well be a wing. Small insects often have hairs extending from a central stiff instead of glassy wings. Thrip could very well be the correct suggestion indeed. Alternatively it could be a mandible shaped for sifting through the water. But since it's so elongated I think its a wing.

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