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Rotifers with oblique lighting

I took some pictures of rotifers with oblique lighting and I’m really quite pleased with them. The cilia can be seen quite clearly and I have managed to get the rotifer’s tail in a lot of the pictures too. Rotifers have a tendency to sit on their tails.

The oblique lighting works better than phase contrast in many ways, you don’t get the halo effect with oblique that you get with phase and it is easier to get clear pictures of the cilia because of this.

Pictures taken on Vickers M4000 with oblique filter in filter tray, canon EOS 1100D camera.

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A rotifer who can’t eat her food

This little rotifer was very amusing to watch. She seems to be struggling to cope with the Trachelomonas (green whizzy blobs). I left the original audio on, for some reason it amuses me to hear myself talking to a rotifer. Usually I put music on my videos; if you can’t stand to hear my mutterings you can always turn the sound down.

It was taken on the Nikon S L Ke at 400X with phase contrast.

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Rotifers

Rotifers filmed via a Vickers microscope using a cheap 1.3MP eyepiece camera

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