I’m totally new to the world of microcosmos. My formal academic background in biology ends at 10th grade(In India).
This is a drop of puddle water, and looks like someone’s having breakfast!
Can someone help me identify this
predator and the prey? (I have probably misunderstood the scene. Experts suggested this is probably a mating scene)
Thanks for any help 🙂
I could see some suspended particles already with my naked eyes while collecting the sample and I was pretty sure to see some life under the microscope.
More videos from same sample:
In this video, you can also see some moss like stuff and some nematodes again, but the center of attraction is the dotty guy moving in circles. It was fun watching him vigorously circling around like Shaktiman. Is that what you call a protozoa?
(Sorry about the unstable lighting and focus. I was having a tough time adjusting focus while holding my phone attached to the assembly while holding the whole assembly against my light source – a tube light)
Nearly 10 hours later I observed similar event like the first video again in same sample with different pair of nematodes. Does this tell us something more about what is happening?.
After the above vudev all three(the second – short one is difficult to see) remained calm and immobile for a long time. Then third one started moving again. Then third one separated after some time. First and second remained attached.
After this I am wondering whether they are getting stuck together just because the nematodes are having a hard time moving around inside the narrow space inside the pvc slide because the wiggling is almost restricted to 2 dimensions. Anyt houghts?