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MICROSCOPIC CREATURES
ROTIFERS | CRUSTACEANS | CILIATES | ALGAE | DIATOMS | WATER BEARS

ROTIFERS

Rotifers are small, multi-cellular animals, mostly living in freshwater or seawater. They can live out their short life cycle in a puddle of water after a rainfall, leaving behind eggs waiting to hatch when it gets wet again [Source].

COMMON NAME: Rotifer, Brachionus with eggs
Kingdom / Phylum:Animalia / Rotifera
Class / Subclass:Monogononta
Order / Suborder:Ploimida
Family / Subfamily:Brachionidae
Genus / Species:Brachionus sp.
Date:07/17/2009
Location:Sierra Vista, Cochise Co., AZ
Magnification:10x objective, brightfield
rotifer 03rotifers 02
From rainwater ditch. Note smaller rotifer, probably a male, at far right

COMMON NAME: Rotifer, female with egg
Kingdom / Phylum:Animalia / Rotifera
Class / Subclass:Monogononta
Order / Suborder:Ploimida
Family / Subfamily:Brachionidae
Genus / Species:Brachionus sp.
Date:07/21/2009
Location:Sierra Vista, Cochise Co., AZ
Magnification:10x objective
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Rotifer from rainwater ditch. This rotifer has one large egg. Its foot is mostly kept inside,
but was observed to occasionally stick it out through an opening just above the top edge of the egg.

COMMON NAME: Rotifer, Hexarthra
Kingdom / Phylum:Animalia / Rotifera
Class / Subclass:Eurotatoria
Order / Suborder:Flosculariaceae
Family / Subfamily:Hexarthridae
Genus / Species:Hexarthra sp.
Date:07/14/2009
Location:Sierra Vista, Cochise Co., AZ
Magnification:10x objective, brightfield
rotifer 01
Rotifer of genus Hexarthra from rainwater ditch
About pinpoint size, smaller than an ostracod but barely visible to the eye.

COMMON NAME: Rotifer, Rotaria
Kingdom / Phylum:Animalia / Rotifera
Class / Subclass:Bdelloidea
Order / Suborder:.
Family / Subfamily:Philodinidae
Genus / Species:Rotaria
Date:09/01/2009
Location:Sierra Vista, Cochise Co., AZ
Magnification:10x objective, brightfield
rotifer
Rotifer from rainwater ditch [INFO]


WATER BEARS

COMMON NAME: Water Bear
Kingdom / Phylum:Animalia / Tardigrada
Class / Subclass:.
Order / Suborder:.
Family / Subfamily:.
Genus / Species:.
Date:07/27/2009
Location:Patagonia, Santa Cruz Co., AZ
Magnification:10x objective, brightfield
waterbear 01
From Patagonia-Sonoita Creek


FLATWORMS

COMMON NAME: Flatworm
Kingdom / Phylum:Animalia / Platyhelminthes
Class / Subclass:Turbellaria
Order / Suborder:.
Family / Subfamily:.
Genus / Species:.
Date:07/14/2009
Location:Sierra Vista, Cochise Co., AZ
Magnification:4x objective, darkfield
flatworm 01
From rainwater ditch. Subject was active and changed shape. [INFO]


CRUSTACEANS

COMMON NAME: Nauplius, possibly of Cyclops
Kingdom / Phylum:Animalia / Arthropoda
Class / Subclass:Crustacea
Order / Suborder:Eucopepoda / Cyclopoida
Family / Subfamily:Cyclopidae
Genus / Species:Cyclops sp.
Date:07/18/2009
Location:Parker Canyon Lake, AZ
Magnification:10x objective, lightfield & darkfield
nauplius 1nauplius 2
From shoreline of lake.

COMMON NAME: Copepod: Cyclops, female with eggs
Kingdom / Phylum:Animalia / Arthropoda
Class / Subclass:Crustacea
Order / Suborder:Eucopepoda / Cyclopoida
Family / Subfamily:Cyclopidae
Genus / Species:Cyclops sp.
Date:07/14/2009
Location:Sierra Vista, Cochise Co., AZ
Magnification:4x objective, darkfield
copepod 01
From rainwater ditch. Subject was very active
and would rarely slow down enough to pose for pictures. [INFO]

COMMON NAME: Seed Shrimp (Ostracod)
Kingdom / Phylum:? / ?
Class / Subclass:Crustacea / Ostracoda
Order / Suborder:.
Family / Subfamily:.
Genus / Species:.
Date:07/13/2009
Location:Sierra Vista, Cochise Co., AZ
Magnification:10x objective, brightfield & darkfield
Ostracod 01Ostracod 04
Ostracod from rainwater ditch. [INFO]

COMMON NAME: Seed Shrimp (Ostracod)
Kingdom / Phylum:? / ?
Class / Subclass:Crustacea / Ostracoda
Order / Suborder:.
Family / Subfamily:.
Genus / Species:.
Date:07/14/2009
Location:Sierra Vista, Cochise Co., AZ
Magnification:10x & 4x objective, brightfield & darkfield
Ostracod 02Ostracod 03
Ostracod from rainwater ditch

COMMON NAME: Seed Shrimp (Ostracod)
Kingdom / Phylum:? / ?
Class / Subclass:Crustacea / Ostracoda
Order / Suborder:.
Family / Subfamily:.
Genus / Species:.
Date:07/21/2009
Location:Sierra Vista, Cochise Co., AZ
Magnification:10x
Ostracod 04
Ostracod from rainwater ditch

COMMON NAME: Fairy shrimp, hatchling
Kingdom / Phylum:? / ?
Class / Subclass:Crustacea / Branchiopoda
Order / Suborder:Anostraca (Fairy Shrimp)
Family / Subfamily:.
Genus / Species:Eubranchipus sp.
Date:07/13/2009
Location:Sierra Vista, Cochise Co., AZ
Magnification:4x objective, brightfield
fairy shrimp nauplius 01
Vernal pool fairy shrimp from rainwater ditch. One large compound eye at bottom
rotates back and forth

COMMON NAME: Amphipod
Kingdom / Phylum:? / ?
Class / Subclass:Crustacea / Amphipoda
Order / Suborder:.
Family / Subfamily:.
Genus / Species:.
Date:07/18/2009
Location:Parker Canyon Lake, AZ
Magnification:4x objective, darkfield & brightfield
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Amphipod from lake. [INFO]


CILIATES

COMMON NAME: Ciliate, Vorticella
Kingdom / Phylum:Animalia / Ciliophora
Class / Subclass:Peritrichia
Order / Suborder:.
Family / Subfamily:.
Genus / Species:.
Date:09/27/2009
Location:Patagonia, Santa Cruz Co., AZ
Magnification:10x objective, brightfield / darkfield
vorticellarotifer
Vorticella tethered to clump of algae from Patagonia-Sonoita Creek

COMMON NAME: Dileptus
Kingdom / Phylum:Protista / Ciliphora
Class / Subclass:Ciliatea / Rhabdophorina (?Holotrichia)
Order / Suborder:Haptorida
Family / Subfamily:Trachelidae
Genus / Species:Dileptus sp.
Date:07/18/2009
Location:Parker Canyon Lake, AZ
Magnification:10x objective
dileptus 03
From shoreline of lake. head is at top left.

COMMON NAME: Protist, Actinopod
Kingdom / Phylum:Protista / ?
Class / Subclass:.
Order / Suborder:.
Family / Subfamily:.
Genus / Species:.
Date:07/16/2009
Location:Sierra Vista, Cochise Co., AZ
Magnification:40x objective
actinopod 01
From rainwater ditch.

COMMON NAME: Scenedesmus
Kingdom / Phylum:Protista / Chlorophyta (Green Protists)
Class / Subclass:.
Order / Suborder:.
Family / Subfamily:.
Genus / Species:Scenedesmus sp.
Date:07/16/2009
Location:Sierra Vista, Cochise Co., AZ
Magnification:40x objective
Scenedesmus 01
From rainwater ditch [info].

COMMON NAME: Zooflagellate, Peranema with diatom
Kingdom / Phylum:Protista / Zoomastigina (Flagellated Protists)
Class / Subclass:.
Order / Suborder:.
Family / Subfamily:.
Genus / Species:Peranema sp.
Date:07/16/2009
Location:Sierra Vista, Cochise Co., AZ
Magnification:40x objective
Peranema 02Peranema 01
From rainwater ditch.

COMMON NAME: Ciliate, protozoan, Bursaria
Kingdom / Phylum:Protista / Ciliophora
Class / Subclass:Spirotrichea
Order / Suborder:Heterotrichida
Family / Subfamily:Bursariidae
Genus / Species:Bursaria sp.
Date:07/15/2009
Location:Sierra Vista, Cochise Co., AZ
Magnification:4x objective
bursaria 01
From rainwater ditch. One of the largest heterotrich ciliates known
but still barely visible to the eye.

COMMON NAME: Protist, Euplotes
Kingdom / Phylum:Animalia / Ciliophora
Class / Subclass:Ciliatea / Spirotricha
Order / Suborder:Hypotrichida / Sporadotrichina
Family / Subfamily:Euplotidae
Genus / Species:Euplotes sp.
Date:07/18/2009
Location:Parker Canyon Lake, AZ
Magnification:40x objective
unknown
From shoreline of lake. ID [source]


ALGAE

COMMON NAME: Desmid, Closterium
Kingdom / Phylum:Plantae / Chlorophyta
Class / Subclass:Chlorophyceae
Order / Suborder:Zygnematales or Desmidiales
Family / Subfamily:Desmidiaceae
Genus / Species:Closterium sp.
Date:07/16/2009
Location:Sierra Vista, Cochise Co., AZ
Magnification:40x objective
desmid 01
From rainwater ditch. Note ball of crystals at tip.

COMMON NAME: Algae
Kingdom / Phylum:Plantae / ?
Class / Subclass:.
Order / Suborder:.
Family / Subfamily:.
Genus / Species:.
Date:07/19/2009
Location:Sierra Vista, Cochise Co., AZ
Magnification:40x objective
algaealgae
From lake.

COMMON NAME: Unidentified
Kingdom / Phylum:? / ?
Class / Subclass:.
Order / Suborder:.
Family / Subfamily:.
Genus / Species:.
Date:07/16/2009
Location:Sierra Vista, Cochise Co., AZ
Magnification:40x objective
Unidentified 05
From rainwater ditch.

COMMON NAME: Unidentified
Kingdom / Phylum:? / ?
Class / Subclass:.
Order / Suborder:.
Family / Subfamily:.
Genus / Species:.
Date:07/16/2009
Location:Sierra Vista, Cochise Co., AZ
Magnification:40x objective
Unidentified 04
From rainwater ditch.

COMMON NAME: Unidentified
Kingdom / Phylum:? / ?
Class / Subclass:.
Order / Suborder:.
Family / Subfamily:.
Genus / Species:.
Date:07/16/2009
Location:Sierra Vista, Cochise Co., AZ
Magnification:40x objective
Unidentified 03
From rainwater ditch.

COMMON NAME: Algae, Pediastrum
Kingdom / Phylum:Plantae / ?
Class / Subclass:Chlorophyceae
Order / Suborder:Chlorococcales
Family / Subfamily:Hydrodictyaceae
Genus / Species:Pediastrum sp.
Date:07/16/2009
Location:Sierra Vista, Cochise Co., AZ
Magnification:40x objective
algae 01
From rainwater ditch.


DIATOMS

COMMON NAME: Algae, diatom
Kingdom / Phylum:Chromalveolata / Heterokontophyta
Class / Subclass:Bacillariophyceae
Order / Suborder:Pennales
Family / Subfamily:.
Genus / Species:.
Date:07/16/2009
Location:Sierra Vista, Cochise Co., AZ
Magnification:40x objective
diatom 04
From rainwater ditch.

COMMON NAME: Algae, diatom
Kingdom / Phylum:Chromalveolata / Heterokontophyta
Class / Subclass:Bacillariophyceae
Order / Suborder:Pennales
Family / Subfamily:.
Genus / Species:.
Date:07/16/2009
Location:Sierra Vista, Cochise Co., AZ
Magnification:40x objective
diatom 04
From rainwater ditch.

COMMON NAME: Algae, diatom
Kingdom / Phylum:Chromalveolata / Heterokontophyta
Class / Subclass:Bacillariophyceae
Order / Suborder:Pennales
Family / Subfamily:.
Genus / Species:.
Date:07/16/2009
Location:Sierra Vista, Cochise Co., AZ
Magnification:40x objective
diatom 03
From rainwater ditch.

COMMON NAME: Algae, diatom
Kingdom / Phylum:Chromalveolata / Heterokontophyta
Class / Subclass:Bacillariophyceae
Order / Suborder:Pennales
Family / Subfamily:.
Genus / Species:.
Date:07/16/2009
Location:Sierra Vista, Cochise Co., AZ
Magnification:40x objective
diatom 02
From rainwater ditch.

COMMON NAME: Algae, diatom
Kingdom / Phylum:Chromalveolata / Heterokontophyta
Class / Subclass:Bacillariophyceae
Order / Suborder:Pennales
Family / Subfamily:.
Genus / Species:.
Date:07/16/2009
Location:Sierra Vista, Cochise Co., AZ
Magnification:40x objective
diatom 01
From rainwater ditch.

COMMON NAME: Possible shell of dead diatom
Kingdom / Phylum:Chromalveolata / Heterokontophyta
Class / Subclass:Bacillariophyceae
Order / Suborder:Pennales
Family / Subfamily:.
Genus / Species:.
Date:07/16/2009
Location:Sierra Vista, Cochise Co., AZ
Magnification:40x objective
Unidentified 02
From rainwater ditch.

COMMON NAME: Algae, diatom, Synedra
Kingdom / Phylum:Chromalveolata / Heterokontophyta
Class / Subclass:Bacillariophyceae
Order / Suborder:Pennales
Family / Subfamily:.
Genus / Species:.
Date:07/18/2009
Location:Parker Canyon Lake, AZ
Magnification:40x objective
synedra 01
From rainwater ditch.

COMMON NAME: Algae, diatom, Synedra
Kingdom / Phylum:? / ?
Class / Subclass:.
Order / Suborder:.
Family / Subfamily:.
Genus / Species:.
Date:07/16/2009
Location:Sierra Vista, Cochise Co., AZ
Magnification:40x objective
synedra 07
From rainwater ditch.

COMMON NAME: Algae, diatom
Kingdom / Phylum:? / ?
Class / Subclass:.
Order / Suborder:.
Family / Subfamily:.
Genus / Species:.
Date:07/18/2009
Location:Parker Canyon Lake, AZ
Magnification:40x objective
coleps 01
From shoreline of lake.

COMMON NAME: Algae, diatom, Navicula
Kingdom / Phylum:? / ?
Class / Subclass:.
Order / Suborder:.
Family / Subfamily:.
Genus / Species:Navicula striatula
Date:07/18/2009
Location:Parker Canyon Lake, AZ
Magnification:40x objective
unknown
From shoreline of lake.

COMMON NAME: Ciliate
Kingdom / Phylum:. / .
Class / Subclass:.
Order / Suborder:.
Family / Subfamily:.
Genus / Species:.
Date:09/27/2009
Location:Patagonia, Santa Cruz Co., AZ
Magnification:40x objective, brightfield
ciliate
From Patagonia-Sonoita Creek

COMMON NAME: Ciliate
Kingdom / Phylum:. / .
Class / Subclass:.
Order / Suborder:.
Family / Subfamily:.
Genus / Species:.
Date:09/27/2009
Location:Patagonia, Santa Cruz Co., AZ
Magnification:40x objective, brightfield
ciliate
From Patagonia-Sonoita Creek

COMMON NAME: Algae, Diatom
Kingdom / Phylum:. / .
Class / Subclass:.
Order / Suborder:.
Family / Subfamily:.
Genus / Species:.
Date:09/27/2009
Location:Patagonia, Santa Cruz Co., AZ
Magnification:10x objective, brightfield
diatom
From Patagonia-Sonoita Creek

COMMON NAME: Algae
Kingdom / Phylum:. / .
Class / Subclass:.
Order / Suborder:.
Family / Subfamily:.
Genus / Species:.
Date:09/27/2009
Location:Patagonia, Santa Cruz Co., AZ
Magnification:10x objective, brightfield
algae
From Patagonia-Sonoita Creek

COMMON NAME: Algae
Kingdom / Phylum:. / .
Class / Subclass:.
Order / Suborder:.
Family / Subfamily:.
Genus / Species:.
Date:09/27/2009
Location:Patagonia, Santa Cruz Co., AZ
Magnification:40x objective, brightfield
algae
From Patagonia-Sonoita Creek

COMMON NAME: Algae, Spirogyra
Kingdom / Phylum:. / .
Class / Subclass:.
Order / Suborder:.
Family / Subfamily:.
Genus / Species:.
Date:09/27/2009
Location:Patagonia, Santa Cruz Co., AZ
Magnification:10x objective, brightfield
algae
From Patagonia-Sonoita Creek

COMMON NAME: Algae, Gonium
Kingdom / Phylum:. / Chlorophyta
Class / Subclass:.
Order / Suborder:.
Family / Subfamily:.
Genus / Species:Gonium sp.
Date:09/27/2009
Location:Patagonia, Santa Cruz Co., AZ
Magnification:40x objective, brightfield
algae
From Patagonia-Sonoita Creek

COMMON NAME: Amoeba
Kingdom / Phylum:. / .
Class / Subclass:. / Gymnamoeba
Order / Suborder:.
Family / Subfamily:.
Genus / Species:.
Date:09/27/2009
Location:Patagonia, Santa Cruz Co., AZ
Magnification:40x objective, brightfield
amoeba
From Patagonia-Sonoita Creek

COMMON NAME: Amoeba
Kingdom / Phylum:. / .
Class / Subclass:.
Order / Suborder:.
Family / Subfamily:.
Genus / Species:.
Date:09/27/2009
Location:Patagonia, Santa Cruz Co., AZ
Magnification:40x objective, brightfield
amoeba
From Patagonia-Sonoita Creek

COMMON NAME: Amoeba
Kingdom / Phylum:. / .
Class / Subclass:.
Order / Suborder:.
Family / Subfamily:.
Genus / Species:.
Date:09/27/2009
Location:Patagonia, Santa Cruz Co., AZ
Magnification:40x objective, brightfield
amoeba
Amoeba with engulfed diatom, from Patagonia-Sonoita Creek

COMMON NAME: Actinopod
Kingdom / Phylum:Protista / Ciliophora
Class / Subclass:.
Order / Suborder:.
Family / Subfamily:.
Genus / Species:.
Date:09/27/2009
Location:Patagonia, Santa Cruz Co., AZ
Magnification:10x objective, brightfield
actinopod
Possible Actinosphaerium, from Patagonia-Sonoita Creek


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