Saturday, July 12, 2014

Peter Sheesley - Views Through the Microscope


A lot of my time has been spent learning to identify plankton through the microscopes. I've found I can get somewhat decent photos of what I'm seeing by holding my phone's camera up to the eyepiece. I'm posting these because I think the intricate forms are amazing, and to share what I've been seeing.

First, the phytoplankton (plants):

Protoperidinium

Asterionellopsis
Coscinodiscus
Ditylum
Dictyocha

Eucampia, Pseudonitzschia, Chaetoceros, Coscinodiscus, Probiscia
Skeletonema

Stephanopyxis

Odontella

Thalasionema (center)






Next, the zooplankton (animals):

Adult Copepod, side view

Adult Copepod, top view

Copepod Nauplius

Cypris Larva 

Rotifer

Another Rotifer
Shrimp Larva

Polychaete

Barnacle Nauplius

Brachiolaria (second larval stage of sea star) amidst a lot of phytoplankton

Brachiolaria

Tintinnid




And, views of both zooplankton and phytoplankton from both dissecting scope and compound scope:



Cladocera, dissecting scope



Zoea, dissecting scope

Zoea, compound scope

Noctiluca scintillans

Noctiluca scintillans

Polychaete

Polychaete

Polychaete

Polychaete


And, some other interesting things:

Close-up of young jellyfish mouth

Close-up of young jellyfish tentacles
Ctenophore

A ctenophore's pharynx, stomach, and tentacle bases

A ctenophore's retracted tentacle

Finally, a few movies through the microscope:

Tracking a Dinoflagellate

The Undulations of a Polychaete

The Brachiolaria

The Living Sea, in the compound microscope

The Living Sea, in the dissecting microscope










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