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Ascaris

Ascaris is a genus of parasitic nematode worms known as the “giant intestinal roundworms”. One species, A. suum, typically infects pigs, while another, A. lumbricoides, affects human populations, typically in sub-tropical and tropical areas with poor sanitation.

Microbial Mat 4

Microbial Mats are of interest to scientists because they are representatives of the oldest life on Earth. These thick layers of microbes would grow almost anywhere on Earth, but the evolution of plants started a competition for resources and as animals appeared they consumed the mats as food. With the proliferation of plants and animals […]

Tardigrade Sagittal View

Tardigrades (commonly known as water bears or moss piglets)[2] form the phylum Tardigrada, part of the superphylum Ecdysozoa. They are microscopic, water-dwelling, segmented animals with eight legs.

Hookworm

The hookworm is a parasitic nematode that lives in the small intestine of its host, which may be a mammal such as a dog, cat, or human. Two species of hookworms commonly infect humans, Ancylostoma duodenale and Necator americanus.

Xyloplax Dorsal View

Xyloplax is a monotypic genus within the Concentricycloidea, an infraclass within the Asteroidea. Details of this new species are to be published in the May 2006 issue of Invertebrate Biology by Chris Mah, a scientist specialized in deep-sea starfishes. The dorsal (top) view shows the hard spines partially exposed where the softer flesh has come […]

Rhizopus

A Rhizopus is a filamentous fungus found in soil, decaying fruit and vegetables, animal feces, and old bread. It is the cause of some serious, and often fatal, infections in humans and animals. They reproduce by sporulation, or the production of spores.

Rhizopus2

A Rhizopus is a filamentous fungus found in soil, decaying fruit and vegetables, animal feces, and old bread. It is the cause of some serious, and often fatal, infections in humans and animals. They reproduce by sporulation, or the production of spores.

Euglena

Euglena is a genus of unicellular protists, of the class Euglenoidea of the phylum Euglenozoa (also known as Euglenophyta). They are single-celled organisms.

Ascaris2

Ascaris is a genus of parasitic nematode worms known as the “giant intestinal roundworms”. One species, A. suum, typically infects pigs, while another, A. lumbricoides, affects human populations, typically in sub-tropical and tropical areas with poor sanitation.

Yeast

Saccharomycetes is a class in the kingdom of fungi, and includes budding yeasts. These sugar-eating yeasts are of great importance to industry, and are central in the production of ethyl alcohol and many bread products.

Microbial Mat

Microbial Mats are of interest to scientists because they are representatives of the oldest life on Earth. These thick layers of microbes would grow almost anywhere on Earth, but the evolution of plants started a competition for resources and as animals appeared they consumed the mats as food. With the proliferation of plants and animals […]

Lichen

Lichens are composite organisms consisting of a symbiotic association of a fungus (the mycobiont) with a photosynthetic partner (the photobiont or phycobiont), usually either a green alga (commonly Trebouxia) or cyanobacterium (commonly Nostoc).

Tardigrade Dorsal View2

Tardigrades (commonly known as water bears or moss piglets)[2] form the phylum Tardigrada, part of the superphylum Ecdysozoa. They are microscopic, water-dwelling, segmented animals with eight legs.

Xyloplax Ventral View

Xyloplax is a monotypic genus within the Concentricycloidea, an infraclass within the Asteroidea. Details of this new species are to be published in the May 2006 issue of Invertebrate Biology by Chris Mah, a scientist specialized in deep-sea starfishes. The ventral (bottom) view shows the tube feet that may be found around the edges of […]

Tardigrade Sagittal View2

Tardigrades (commonly known as water bears or moss piglets)[2] form the phylum Tardigrada, part of the superphylum Ecdysozoa. They are microscopic, water-dwelling, segmented animals with eight legs.