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#1 echeng

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 10:28 PM

I photographed these little springy dudes being eaten by a skeleton shrimp in Lembata, Indonesia. Anyone know what they are?

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 11:25 PM

Coiled cyanobacteria. Nice catch!

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 07:07 AM

This stuff is all over my photos from Lembeh! So cool to finally know what it is!

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 08:27 AM

Thanks, Lesley! Here's a higher-res version.

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 08:48 AM

Finally! I had a bunch of those in images I took a while back of some pygmy seahorses in the Philippines and wondered what they were.

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 08:54 AM

Hey guys, you should be posting those WTF images! With all the UW experience around here it's rare that someone doesn't know the answer.

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 09:17 AM

I have always put them down as diatom chains, rather than cyanobacteria.

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 10:35 AM

Good point. It might be diatoms or it could be both. I did a quick web search which brought up a few diatoms in helical colonies but the majority of coiled chain images were of cyanobacteria. We won't know for sure without putting some of this stuff under a microscope.