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Mystery Micrograph #02

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The previous Mystery Micrograph was of the surface of Blepharisma, a characteristically pink ciliate. You can see rows of the pigment granules responsible for the unusual colour. Not clearly visible throughout most of the image (only on the top side) are rows of cilia that are interspersed between the pigment granule rows (about every 5-7 rows are cilia). It’s a pretty cell to look at !

Now it’s time for another. To make this more ‘fun’, I’ll leave out the scalebar for now. (Mwahaha!)

What is this, and whom is it a part of?

Psi Wavefunction About the Author: Psi Wavefunction is a graduate of the University of British Columbia working as a protist researcher (soon to be graduate student) at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and blogs about protists and evolution at The Ocelloid as well as at Skeptic Wonder. Follow on Twitter @Ocelloid.

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  1. 1. greg_t_laden 3:54 pm 12/1/2012

    Salt water diatom?

    Link to this
  2. 2. Psi Wavefunction in reply to Psi Wavefunction 8:31 pm 12/2/2012

    Nope! (diatoms tend to be more regular)
    Scalebar time?

    Link to this
  3. 3. Aquanaut1957 5:42 pm 12/24/2012

    Compound eye of a trilobite?

    Link to this

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