Possibly a Hydrozoan?

Discussion in 'Photography' started by LikesFish, 19 Jan 2013.

  1. LikesFish

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    As I was busy poking around in my reef aquarium for things to photograph, I found these 8mm long structures attached to the inside glass panes, looking like small protrusions hanging out in the water column. Obviously I took one and placed it under the microscope. This is an absolute gorgeous animal, especially when I "turned on the lights" so to speak.

    But I have no idea what it is! Any ID? I am sure it is a predator, it seems like the bulbous tentacles are used to catch prey? In one of the photos it is clear it had ingested a copepod.

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    4x, slightly cropped, BF

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    4x, slightly cropped, FLUO-C4

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    10x, DIC

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    10x, FLUO-C4, ingested copepod

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    20x, FLUO-C4, looks like tiny little light bulbs under UV/Blue excitation.
     
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    Nice pics!!
     
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    Beautiful :thumbup:
     
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