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Lecane sp.


A small freshwater animal in phylum Rotifera. Rotifers are named for the ciliated wheel-shaped organs near their mouth of most rotifers. The cilia move rapidly, giving the appearance of rotatin as they carry food into the mouth. Lecane has a hard, inflexible shell surrounding most of its body (loricate rotifer) and a jointed tail.


This specimen was found in a vernal pool.


All rotifers have bilateral symmetry and are, along with nematodes, pseudocoelomates. In addition to the video posted here, you can see a video I took of Lecane running into a Vorticella here:

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drP 5 years ago

Thanks. I don't know a lot about rotifers, and feel lucky to have found one so easy to identify.

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 5 years ago

Very cool video

Virginia, USA

Lat: 37.40, Long: -77.70

Spotted on May 17, 2013
Submitted on May 17, 2013

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