Bryozoa – finally got a living Membranipora under a foldscope – part 3

After trying several different tricks; finally figured out how to mount these delicate creatures on a glass slide. Offcourse, they are perturbed – they run back inside the shell.. so this one is living inside the shell. None the less; you can see the seat and the tentacles all folded to fit inside the tiny house. Hoping to now find a massive field of living Bryozoa – but that will take some fresh sargassum.

Will try some flow visualizations now.. although need to figure out what in my kitchen can act as a flow tracer without perturbing the behavior of the creature.

Cheers

Manu

2 Comments Add yours

  1. laksiyer says:

    Manu Do you think a very dilute Milk (touch milk with a pin and touch a drop of water), would give good flow visualization. or some such colloid in the kitchen?
    http://microcosmos.foldscope.com/?p=1735

  2. Manu Prakash says:

    @Laks: brilliant idea. I have tried starch powders before with mixed results. Will give this a try ASAP. I have some real surprises in 5 min of collection. I collected samples for 5 minutes and I could honestly spend a year imaging this bowl of material; and never finish. Such is life.

    Cheers
    Manu

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