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Image of the Day: Spring-loaded Stem

The stalks of the protist Vorticella quickly coil up to protect the organism from its environment.

By | December 17, 2013

COURTESY OF NIKON SMALL WORLD, FRANK FOX, KONZ, RHEINLAND-PFALZ, GERMANY

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Avatar of: Rdruhl

Rdruhl

Posts: 6

December 17, 2013

This sure would look nice as a desktop picture or wallpaper. Can you consider making your images of the day larger to download as wallpaper? Thank you for listening. 

Avatar of: Len

Len

Posts: 1

December 17, 2013

Beautiful photo. What scope is this through, and what illumination?

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MicroTech

Posts: 10

December 17, 2013

This image appears to show some other organism, not Vorticella. See Wikipedia entries, e.g. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vorticella_convallaria or any of these images depicting Vorticella (Google image search, keyword "vorticella")::

http://trisniatma.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/vorticella.jpg
http://www.trentu.ca/biology/berrill/developmental_abnormalities/vorticella.jpg
http://www.vanleeuwenhoek.com/images/Microscope-Leeuwenhoek-Vorticella.jpg
http://www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/mag/imgjul07/StentorGroup-M.jpg

If you (or anyone!) could guide me to what species is actually pictured, would be much appreciated!

 

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