Inner Space [with labels]
by *NocturnalSea (John Meszaros)
- Phylodina roseala, a common rotifer
- Phacus warszewiczii, a species of euglenid.
- Stylonchia mytilus, a stichotrich ciliate that walks on leg-like cirri on its underside.
- A tardigrade, everyone’s favorite trundly water-bear.
- The shed, empty shell of a female tardigrade filled with fertilized eggs
- Echinosphaerium eichorni, a heliozoan
- Vorticella, a ciliate that extends itself above the substrate on a long, spring-like tether. If disturbed, it can quickly retract down out of danger by coiling up its tether.
- Epalxella mirabilis, an armored heterotrichean ( a group of ciliates). I particularly like this organism since it looks like some kind of floating alien intelligence, hovering quietly over an extrasolar desert, thinking its strange, unfathomable alien thoughts
- Volvox, a large colony of photosynthetic cells, The larger green cells in the interior are zygotes that will eventually break out to form new colonies.
- The classic Amoeba. In real life, these amorphous organisms actually walk slightly elevated above the substrate on pseudopods.
- Chrysopyxis cyathus, a filter-feeding prokaryote that lives inside a test shaped like an Erlenmeyer flask.
The large, green cords surrounding this scene are filaments of green algae, while the tiny branching structures growing on them are colonies of bacteria.