2020 Small World in Motion Competition

A stentor (ciliate) juggling green algae

Frank Fox

Trier University of Applied Sciences
Konz, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
20X (Objective Lens Magnification)

One of two honorable mentions for Frank Fox in the 2020 Small World in Motion competition, this movie shows a stentor (ciliate) feeding (and perhaps playing) with green algae using darkfield microscope technique. This is not frequently observed and can be especially difficult since great care and skill is needed to assure the coverslip on the microscope slide does not interfere with the natural movements of the subject.