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William_Dembowski

William_Dembowski

I am retired and having the time of my life. My main interests are photography, astronomy, nature study and microscopy.

Elton, Pennsylvania, USA

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William_Dembowski Epilithic Diatom
Epilithic Diatom commented on by William_Dembowski Pennsylvania, USA4 years ago

Unfortunately, much of the additional info will be the same for most of the Epilithic Diatoms. Identifying them to the genus level isn't so bad; but taking it down to the species level is virtually impossible for the amateur; we just don't have necessary equipment. The genus Navicula, for example (not this critter), has over 1,200 species; many of which require analyzing their genomes in order to assign a species.

But I will contribute the best info that I can.

William_Dembowski Epilithic Diatom
Epilithic Diatom commented on by William_Dembowski Pennsylvania, USA4 years ago

As bayucca suggested, I am going to try to include more info with my micro-spottings.

William_Dembowski Eastern Kingbird
Eastern Kingbird commented on by William_Dembowski Pennsylvania, USA4 years ago

Good idea. I'm glad that someone is keeping an eye on me.

William_Dembowski Eastern Kingbird
Eastern Kingbird commented on by William_Dembowski Pennsylvania, USA4 years ago

I'm going to wait a couple of days to be sure you saw my response then I'll delete the spotting entirely.

William_Dembowski Eastern Kingbird
Eastern Kingbird commented on by William_Dembowski Pennsylvania, USA4 years ago

You are quite right. Somehow I got my notes and photos mixed up. I actually took this photo 5 years ago and reported the spotting below:

http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/174...

William_Dembowski Protozoan
Protozoan commented on by William_Dembowski Pennsylvania, USA4 years ago

Yikes!!!!! The pressure is on.

William_Dembowski Protozoan
Protozoan commented on by William_Dembowski Pennsylvania, USA4 years ago

I think that some added info is an excellent idea. I am also pleased to hear that there are folks who find these little critters interesting enough to want to learn a little more about them.

William_Dembowski Epilithic Diatom
Epilithic Diatom commented on by William_Dembowski Westmont, Pennsylvania, USA4 years ago

I am glad that you enjoy my images. I have been fascinated with the micro-world since I was in my early teens. I was fortunate enough to have parents that encouraged me in my scientific pursuits and bought me a microscope when I was 13-14.

William_Dembowski Epilithic Diatom
Epilithic Diatom commented on by William_Dembowski Pennsylvania, USA4 years ago

Wow. A running deer. I never thought of that.

William_Dembowski Protozoan
Protozoan commented on by William_Dembowski Pennsylvania, USA4 years ago

What helped was - this critter was so big (relatively speaking) that it was pinned down by the microscope cover glass which held it motionless.

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