PODZILLA: Electron Microscopy of Amphipods and Copepods
The content below is provided by Eric W. Roth (Mr. Microscope at Nano-reef.com) from his thread: Scanning Electron Microscopy of Pocillopora. Acknowledgements to Northwestern University NUANCE Center for the use of their Electron Microscope.
Scanning Electron Microscopy of Zooplankton
It's taken me a while to gather all of this data; a minute here and there after sessions of looking at actual research samples, but I've finally managed to gather a decent collection of images. This entry's samples consist of some pods that I managed to get out of my fuge. I found an infant amphipod, a copepod, something that looks vaguely like a caterpillar, and something that may be a microscopic bivalve of sorts. Enough chatter, here's the good stuff!
First off, here is the amphipod I found. I used some static to get him to stand on his hind legs so that I could look him straight in the eye.
Actually, I think he looks a little like Tony the Tiger. What do you think?
Let's zoom in on that mouth a little.
"The better to EAT you with!!!"
Finally, here is the copepod. This little pod was a lot of fun to explore. I understand how these things can stick to our glass walls now. Their spikes have spikes of their own. I even think their spike's spikes have spikes. There's something to think about. I took the time at home to colorize this one.
Did you know that copepods only have one eye? You can see it in the front.
Here's a closer look at the tail:
There was some bacteria caught up here:
This reminds me of a hunting knife: