I found this organism in pond scum with my new AmScope MD35 microscope camera and was swimming around like a piece of paper, flapping and turning at extreme speed. I took a video, but the overall shape was not very defined and I am not sure what it is, although my mom is very confident that it is a Vorticella. It was swimming freely, and was NOT attached to anything like Vorticella often do, but they sometimes detach. I am very unsure about this find and urgently need an ID.
If this picture is not clear enough, please view the video here.
Small, fast ciliates that zoomed around the microscope slide. from pond
Under conifer log.
On decaying pine log
Fungi foam? On sycamore
Hemitrichia serpula. Rock Creek Park, Washington, DC, USA
Metatrichia vesparium. Rock Creek Park, Washington, DC, USA
Protozoa are a diverse group of unicellular eukaryotic organisms, many of which are motile. Originally, protozoa had been defined as unicellular protists with animal-like behavior, e.g., movement. Protozoa were regarded as the partner group of protists to protophyta, which have plant-like behaviour, e.g. photosynthesis.