2012 Small World In Motion Competition

Limnias melicerta (a rotifer)

Wim van Egmond

Affiliation
Micropolitan Museum
Berkel en Rodenrijs, The Netherlands
Technique
Differential Interference Contrast
Magnifaction
200

This microanimal lives in a self-built tube attached to waterplants. We see the rotifer using fast moving cilia to create a vortex. This enables it to sweep in food particles like algae. Inside the organism we can also see jaw-like structures that grind the food.