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  •  Now that the coffee has kicked in, (6+ / 0-)

    Thank you for this exciting (yes) diary, professional grade.

    The first row of smaller pictures, the little fellow on the right.
    I think is a water flea, (long time since beginners bio) and now that I've checked Wiki P, I think I'll stay with that until someone who actually knows something sets me straight.

    Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on, or by imbeciles who really mean it. - Mark Twain

    by Wood Gas on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 02:37:46 PM PDT

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    •  The confusion on this ID may come from (8+ / 0-)

      how copepods orient themselves so you see them sometimes from above, and sometimes from the side. This diagram shows both at once (from http://www.for.gov.bc.ca/...)

      Copepod
      and this website has a variety of photographs, labeled by type, copepods, water fleas, ostracods and pillbugs.

      My pic is a copepod seen from the side.

      The water fleas don't have as long a tail as the copepods, for one thing. here's a photo of a water flea:

      Water flea
      I'm really pleased you find these guys as exciting as I do. They're even cooler when they're zooming around. Like that roundish rotifer - when it turns sideways it practically disappears since it's flat. It slides in between stuff.
      •  definitely not daphnia, (5+ / 0-)

        and there are far too many species of freshwater copepods,
        those guys need to cut inventory and streamline production.
        Thank you once again

        I found a cladoceran that's almost pan size  
        Leptodora kindtii is an unusually large cladoceran, at up to 18 mm long.

         photo 220px-Leptodora_zps2159a879.png

        Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on, or by imbeciles who really mean it. - Mark Twain

        by Wood Gas on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 09:52:47 PM PDT

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        •  Wow, that's a beautiful creature. (4+ / 0-)

          There's so much I have never seen or imagined. A lot of overlap in appearance with these guys.

          One thing I have to be careful about is assuming I'll be seeing the common stuff. Statistically, that's what's likely to happen. But anything could be out there, like this elegant Leptodora.

          Thanks for introducing me. I appreciate your insightful contribution.

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