need help with protozoa identification

kepler at kuhub.cc.ukans.edu kepler at kuhub.cc.ukans.edu
Thu Jul 14 12:29:41 EST 1994


Hi. I didn't even know this group existed. I have already put up a post on the
sci.bio group -- but this group may be more helpful.

I am doing an undergraduate project, using protozoans as indicators of water
quality. I am having some trouble with the identification of the protozoa --
mainly members of the Phylum Sarcodina -- I can not tell an ameboid type
protozoan from the dirt and sand on the slide. I am using protoslo, and the
phase-contrast on the scope (both very helpful) but am still having problems.

I have not tried to fix any protozoa on a slide, perhaps this is what I should
do. The problem is, in order to identify, I need the protozoa to be active. 

Another problem that I am having with identification in general, is that I only
have pictures (drawings from a book) of a few of species in any group. For
example, I have seen a lot of what I believe to be Bodos, but the book I am
using has only one drawing of Bodo edax, and I know that there are many others.
As far as water quality goes, it is very important that I identify the correct
species of Bodo. 

Any tips? Thanks in advance,    -kepler       kepler at kuhub.cc.ukans.edu   



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