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Mystery Monster from Micro Lab

January 17, 2013

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The first day of Microbiology class lab–and look at this Mystery Monster that appeared on a slide! It came from the slime on the floor of our greenhouse at Kenyon College. A student in the lab filmed it under the microscope.

What do you think it is? Any ideas?

3 Comments
  1. January 17, 2013 7:01 pm

    Reminds me of a rotifer, but I am not entirely sure…

  2. January 18, 2013 1:46 am

    omigod that’s gross–look’s like scifi monster of some kind–don’t let it attach to your spinal cord!!

  3. January 18, 2013 11:36 pm

    I’ve heard two possibilities: waterbears, and rotifers. I think rotifer is a good bet, especially with the forked tail:
    http://www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/mag/indexmag.html?http://www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/mag/wimsmall/rotidr.html
    They are said to be voracious predators.

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