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Mayfly

MICROSCOPIC CREATURES: MAYFLY SHELL

The shell of a mayfly larva is home to a variety of microscopic creatures.

COMMON NAME: Mayfly shell
Kingdom / Phylum:Animalia / Arthropoda
Class / Subclass:Insecta
Order / Suborder:Ephemeroptera
Family / Subfamily:.
Genus / Species:.
Date:10/03/2009
Location:Sierra Vista, Cochise Co., AZ
Magnification:4x objective, brightfield & darkfield
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Brightfield and darkfield views of a mayfly larva's shell.

COMMON NAME: Mayfly shell
Kingdom / Phylum:Animalia / Arthropoda
Class / Subclass:Insecta
Order / Suborder:Ephemeroptera
Family / Subfamily:.
Genus / Species:.
Date:10/03/2009
Location:Sierra Vista, Cochise Co., AZ
Magnification:10x objective, darkfield & brightfield
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At 10x magnification, a bell-shaped vorticella is seen tethered to the head (upper right).
A pair of small unidentified ciliates swims by the first and second pair of legs on the second image (center-left).

COMMON NAME: Mayfly shell
Kingdom / Phylum:Animalia / Arthropoda
Class / Subclass:Insecta
Order / Suborder:Ephemeroptera
Family / Subfamily:.
Genus / Species:.
Date:10/03/2009
Location:Sierra Vista, Cochise Co., AZ
Magnification:40x objective, brightfield
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A pair of small unidentified ciliates swims by a mayfly leg.

COMMON NAME: Mayfly shell
Kingdom / Phylum:Animalia / Arthropoda
Class / Subclass:Insecta
Order / Suborder:Ephemeroptera
Family / Subfamily:.
Genus / Species:.
Date:10/03/2009
Location:Sierra Vista, Cochise Co., AZ
Magnification:10x objective, brightfield
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A large ciliate swims by the mayfly tail, and a vorticella is tethered nearby.

COMMON NAME: Mayfly shell
Kingdom / Phylum:Animalia / Arthropoda
Class / Subclass:Insecta
Order / Suborder:Ephemeroptera
Family / Subfamily:.
Genus / Species:.
Date:10/03/2009
Location:Sierra Vista, Cochise Co., AZ
Magnification:10x objective, brightfield
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A vorticella is tethered near the base of one of the three tails.
At bottom-right an amoeba creeps nearby.

COMMON NAME: Mayfly shell
Kingdom / Phylum:Animalia / Arthropoda
Class / Subclass:Insecta
Order / Suborder:Ephemeroptera
Family / Subfamily:.
Genus / Species:.
Date:10/03/2009
Location:Sierra Vista, Cochise Co., AZ
Magnification:10x objective, brightfield
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A ciliate swims under a mayfly's leg, with diatoms and other things nearby.

COMMON NAME: Mayfly shell
Kingdom / Phylum:Animalia / Arthropoda
Class / Subclass:Insecta
Order / Suborder:Ephemeroptera
Family / Subfamily:.
Genus / Species:.
Date:10/03/2009
Location:Sierra Vista, Cochise Co., AZ
Magnification:40x objective, brightfield
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Tiny swimming creatures swim up and down inside a transparent mayfly tail.

COMMON NAME: Mayfly shell
Kingdom / Phylum:Animalia / Arthropoda
Class / Subclass:Insecta
Order / Suborder:Ephemeroptera
Family / Subfamily:.
Genus / Species:.
Date:10/03/2009
Location:Sierra Vista, Cochise Co., AZ
Magnification:10x objective, brightfield
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The tether line of a vorticella can be seen (center left), along with a dileptus (lower center).
In the second image, a fast moving ciliate speeds by (top center).