Symbiosis!

Aiptasia are unusual beasts. To a naive eye, these palm-like anemone could easily be confused for plants. In fact, aquarists often refer to them as weeds, owing to their ability to rapidly grow and multiply in seawater aquaria. These creatures are most definitely animals. However, they do serve as a home for photosynthetic algae (dinoflagellates). In…

Swimming dynamics of a mono-flagellated algae – “cow boy algae”

Continuing my theme of documenting pond scum with Foldscope; I decided to focus this post on a beautiful algae I discovered in pond water collected from “Abbotts Lagoon This was a remarkable ecosystem; with water from the ocean meeting sand dunes as far as eye could see and a saltwater lagoon merging talk grass on…