Ptygura rotifer

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Ptygura rotifer

#1 Post by Sauerkraut » Sat Aug 03, 2019 1:07 am

This sessile rotifer was super cool to find in the pond. It seems to be a Ptygura pilula who built itself an impressive house of excrement. The lateral antennae are visible and from my observations, when the rotifer retreats to the encasement, the lateral antennae poke out first before the creature re-emerges.
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Re: Ptygura rotifer

#2 Post by 75RR » Sat Aug 03, 2019 4:52 am

Great catch and image! I would go with Ptygura as well
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Re: Ptygura rotifer

#3 Post by MicroBob » Sat Aug 03, 2019 8:14 am

Hi Heather,
good catch and nice picture! It is interesting how much these rotifiers vary in their ways of life. We have probably already killed lots of these species before understanding their role in nature.

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Re: Ptygura rotifer

#4 Post by Sauerkraut » Sun Aug 04, 2019 2:58 pm

MicroBob wrote:Hi Heather,
It is interesting how much these rotifiers vary in their ways of life. We have probably already killed lots of these species before understanding their role in nature.

Bob
Agreed. The more I look under the microscope, the more I'm convinced that microorganisms drive the health of the entire macro-ecosystem in ways largely underestimated.

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