Phytology, Zoology and Algae Prepared Slides

The following are images that were captured with the DC5-163 digital biological microscope. These prepared slides are included in the phytology, zoology and algae prepared slide kit.


Fern Gametophyte
Fern Gametophyte (400x)
Fern gametophyte is formed when the spore wall cracks under appropriate moist conditions. The fern gametophyte is the intermediate stage from the spore to adult fern, it has only half the genetic material of the adult fern. For more information on ferns clik here.
Diatom (1000x)
Diatoms are a major part of the eukaryotic algae and are one of the most common types of phytoplankton. See the diatom image above that is stained for more information.
Moss (400x)
Moss are small, soft plants that grow in clumps in damp and/or shady locations. Moss does not have the traditional vascular structure that leaves, stems and roots do.
Hydrodictyon (400x)
Hydrodictyon is also known as water net and is a taxon of green algae. Hydrodictyon can be found in clean, nutrient-dense water and are sometimes considered weeds or pests because they can overwhelm lakes, irrigation ditches and even rice fields. View more images of hydrodictyon here.
Amoeba (400x)
Amoeba is a genus of protozoa. It moves by using temporary projections called pseudopods (also known as false feet). Amoeba are uni-cellular organisms, also known as microorganisms (too small to be seen by the human eye). This is where your microscope comes in handy! For more info on amoeba, click here.

Pollen (1000x)
Pollen is a fine powder made up of microgametophytes (pollen grains). They produce the male gametes of seed plants. Pollen frees the seed plants of their dependence on standing water for fertilization. Pollination occurs when pollen is transferred from the anthers to the female organs by either wind or animals. Learn more about pollen here.

Zooplankton (400x)
Zooplankton are the heterotrophic component of the plankton that drift in oceans, seas and fresh water. They rely on currents to drift and move great distances. Zooplankton is a broad category that includes both small protozoans and large metazoans. View more images of zooplankton here.
Diatom (Stained, 1000x)
A major part of eukaryotic algae, diatoms are one of the most common types of phytoplankton. Diatom cells are encased within a unique cell wall made of silica called frustule. Silica is made of hydrated silicon dioxide and can often look beautiful under the microscope. Learn more about diatoms here.
Spirogyra (400x)
Spirogyra is a genus of the filamentous green algae and is found in fresh water. The slippery unbranched filaments are composed of cylindrical cells containing one or more spiral green chloroplasts. Learn more about Spirogyra here.
Hydra (40x)
Hydra is a genus of fresh-water animals possessing radial symmetry. Hydra are found in most unpolluted fresh water ponds, lakes and streams in temperate and tropical regions. They are often found in weedy areas. They are usually a few millimeters long and are best seen with a microscope.

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