Saturday, November 24, 2007

The nature of microscopic

This single-called creature is called a ciliate because it is covered with tiny hairs known as cilia, which push it through the water.

Euglena moves around by beating a hair-like growth called a flagellum. It lives like a plant, by harnessing energy from sunshine.

Each vorticella consists of a single cell with a cup on a long stalk. Tiny breathing hairs (cilia) drive food particles into the centre of the 'cup', where they are absorbed.

Invisible occupant
This dust mite, a tiny relative of spiders, is magnified around 375 times. It collects food with microscopic picers, and usually feeds at night.

Cyclops are microscopic relatives of crabs and shrimps. They get their name from the fact that they have only one eye, like the Cyclops of Greek legend. The two little bags attached to either side of this animal's tail contain eggs.

Next, continue the microscopic kind

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