News of wildlife and other issues

Microscopic Organisms - Photos and Videos

 

These include a variety of organisms observed under the microscope, and which do not necessarily fit into any of the groups separately dealt with on the website. In many - if not most - instances I do not have the expertise to offer a confident identification. In fact, I may be way off!

I have grouped the photographs in scientific order as far as I have been able. Each is referred to by its scientific name - but not necessarily down to Genus and Species. I have included a common name, either by which it may be more commonly known (e.g. 'a rotifer') if it has one, or at least something to which it may be referred. There may also be pop-up notes available.(click on 'Notes' at the bottom left corner)

The photographs have been labeled with the date photographed, and the location. All of the photographs were taken by myself.

I haven't yet included thumbnails for photos, just a sequence of larger-scaled images.

CLICK HERE for the first in the series of photographs.

 

 

For other groups of organisms, use the listing below -

Algae   Lichens    Slime Moulds    Fungi    Liverworts & Mosses    Higher Plants    Plant Galls

 

 

 

 

Additions to species list (2018)

for 2014 additions, click HERE

for 2015 additions, click HERE

for 2016 additions, click HERE

for 2017 additions, click HERE

This is a list of species newly entered (or shortly to be entered) onto the website. Clicking on the species name should take you to a photograph if one is available.

* in some cases the entry was made some time after the species was found. This may be due to a new identification or a previous mis-identification, or even a simple omission! The original find-date is is indicated within brackets.

All examples found by myself unless otherwise indicated. Please note that many of these identifications are tentative, and have not been verified.

 

Species Common Name Type of Organism Date of find or entry* Found by:
Creolophus cirrhatus Tiered Tooth Fungus 21/11/2018  
Linum usitatissimum Common Flax Plant 19/10/2018  
Rhopalus subrufus ? a bug Insect 17/10/2018 (04/06/2016)  
Reduvius personatus Assassin Bug Insect 15/10/2018 (11/07/2008)  
Nezara viridula Southern Green Shield Bug  Insect 11/10/2018  
Trachemys scripta scripta Yellow-bellied Slider Reptile 01/07/2018 (03/05/2013)  
Lepidium ruderale Narrow-leaved Pepperwort Plant 25/06/2018  
Seioptera vibrans a picture-wing fly Insect 06/06/2018  
Corvus frugilegus Rook Bird 14/05/2018  
Ankistrodesmus gracilis (poss.) Colonial alga Alga 24/04/2018 (18/04/2018)  
Spirostomum sp. Free-swimming Ciliate Protozoan 20/04/2018 (23/03/2018)  
Eudorina sp. Colonial alga Alga 18/04/2018  
Gonium sp. Colonial alga Alga 18/04/2018  
Cosmarium sp. Desmid Alga 16/04/2018 (13/01/2018)  
Chydorus sphaericus Crustacean Crustacean 15/04/2018  
Urocentrum (turbo) Free-swimming Ciliate Protozoan 15/04/2018 (27/01/2018)  
Euplotes sp. Free-swimming Ciliate Protozoan 09/04/2018  
Actinophrys sp.
Sun-animicule Protozoan 09/04/2018  
Stentor (coeruleus) Free-swimming Ciliate Protozoan 09/04/2018   
Coelastrum sp. Colonial alga Alga 09/04/2018  
Cyprid Crustacean larva Crustacean 09/04/2018  
Chaetonotus sp. ? Hairyback Gastrotriche 18/01/2018  
Amoeba sp. Amoeba Protozoan 31/03/2018 (10/12/2015)  
Euglena sp. Euglena Flagellate Alga 29/03/2018  
Keratella sp. Rotifer Protozoan 18/03/2018  
Caenomorpha medusula Free-swimming Ciliate Protozoan 27/01/2018  
Ploima (Order) Rotifer Protozoan 27/01/2018 (18/12/2017)  
Habrotrocha sp. Rotifer Protozoan 27/01/2018 (01/12/2015)  
Brachionus sp. Rotifer Protozoan 27/01/2018 (08/11/2015)  
Ostracod (Class) Seed Shrimp Crustacean 27/01/2018 (08/04/2016)  
Vorticella sp. Ciliate Protozoan 26/01/2018 (27/11/2015)  
Stylonychia sp. Free-swimming Ciliate Protozoan 25/01/2018 (17/11/2015)  
Strombidium sp. Free-swimming Ciliate Protozoan 25/01/2018 (02/12/2015)  
Paramecium sp. Free-swimming Ciliate Protozoan 25/01/2018 (02/12/2015)  
Colpoda sp. Free-swimming Ciliate Protozoan 25/01/2018 (19/11/2015)  
Colpidium sp. Free-swimming Ciliate Protozoan 25/01/2018 (02/12/2015)  
Carchesium sp. Colonial Ciliate Protozoan 25/01/2018 (15/11/2015)  
Heliozoa (Order) Sun-Animicule Protozoan 24/01/2018 (03/12/2015)  
Nematode Nematode Roundworm 24/01/2018 (27/11/2015)  
Cladocera (Order) Water Flea Crustacean 24/01/2018 (12/11/2015)  
Peridinium sp. Flagellate Alga 23/01/2018 (19/11/2015)  
Nitzschia sp. Diatom Alga 23/01/2018 (29/11/2015)  
Diatom Diatom Alga 23/01/2018 (01/12/2015)  
Gymnodinium sp. ? Flagellate Alga 22/01/2018 (27/12/2017)  
Cylindrocapsa sp. Green Algae Alga 22/01/2018 (18/12/2017)  
Volvox sp. Globe Algae Alga 22/01/2018 (17/12/2017)  
Cladophora sp. Green Algae Alga 22/01/2018 (09/10/2015)  
Gastrotricha (Phylum) Hairyback Gastrotriche 13/01/2018  
Vorticella sp. Ciliate Protozoan 12/01/2018  
Difflugia sp. Testate Amoeba Protozoan 11/01/2018  
Chaos sp. Amoeba Protozoan 10/01/2018  
Phacus sp. Euglena Flagellate Alga 08/01/2018  
Navicula sp. Diatom Alga 08/01/2018  
Diatom  Diatom Alga 08/01/2018  
Diatom Diatom Alga 08/01/2018  
Achnanthes sp. Diatom Alga 08/01/2018  
Achnanthes sp. Diatom Alga 08/01/2018  
Cyclops (Nauplius) Water Flea larva (Nauplius) Crustacean 06/01/2018  
Cyclops Water Flea Crustacean 06/01/2018  
Centropyxis sp. (possibly C. aculeata) Testate Amoeba Protozoan 01/01/2018  
Closterium sp. Desmid Alga 01/01/2018  
Cosmarium sp. Desmid Alga 01/01/2018  
Cymatopleura sp. Diatom Alga 01/01/2018  
Cymbella sp. Diatom Alga 01/01/2018  
Desmidium sp. Desmid Alga 01/01/2018  
Euglena sp. Euglena Flagellate Alga 01/01/2018  
Navicula sp. Diatom Alga 01/01/2018  
Pediastrum sp. Green Algae Alga 01/01/2018  
Trachelomonas sp. Euglena Flagellate Alga 01/01/2018  
Scenedesmus sp. Green Algae Alga 01/01/2018  
Scenedesmus sp. Green Algae Alga 01/01/2018  
Spirogyra sp. Green Algae Alga 01/01/2018  
Staurastrum (natator) Desmid Alga 01/01/2018  
Staurastrum sp. Desmid Alga 01/01/2018  
Ulothrix sp. Green Algae Alga 01/01/2018  
Ulotrichales (Order) Green Algae Alga 01/01/2018  
Uroglena sp. Colonial Algae Alga 01/01/2018  

 

top

Additions to species list (2019)

for 2014 additions, click HERE

for 2015 additions, click HERE

for 2016 additions, click HERE

for 2017 additions, click HERE

for 2018 additions, click HERE

This is a list of species newly entered (or shortly to be entered) onto the website. Clicking on the species name should take you to a photograph if one is available.

* in some cases the entry was made some time after the species was found. This may be due to a new identification or a previous mis-identification, or even a simple omission! The original find-date is is indicated within brackets.

All examples found by myself unless otherwise indicated. Please note that many of these identifications are tentative, and have not been verified.

 

Species Common Name Type of Organism Date of find or entry* Comments
Cyathus olla Field Bird's Nest Fungus Fungi 01/01/2019 Wanstead Flats
         
         
         

 

top

Stuart Monro

On 7th September, Stuart Monro, filmmaker and founder of the campaign for Wanstead Park, died at his home in Wanstead. His funeral was held at the City of London Crematorium in Manor Park on 22nd September 2017, and was attended by more than 160 people.

After the funeral many of those who had come to pay their repects made their way to Wanstead Park, a place that Stuart loved and where much of his filming of historical, social and ecological issues was done. It struck me, as we stood quietly for a short while and the Sun grew lower in the sky, that the Autumn Equinox was a fitting time for a funeral - and that Stuart may also have appreciated and even been amused by that!

There is a fitting tribute to Stuart on the Friends of Wanstead Parkland's website at  http://www.wansteadpark.org.uk/news/large-gathering-in-farewell-to-stuart-monro/

Paul Ferris, 25th September 2017

 Stuart Monro

The Gap in the Hedge

A chance meeting on Wanstead Flats with Wren Conservation Group Newsletter Editor, Tony Morrison gave rise to an interesting question: Why is there a gap in the hedge and line of trees that accompany the length of Capel Road, opposite house numbers in their 120's?.

Much of the stretch of Capel Road which begins at the Golden Fleece pub and runs westwards until a slight bend takes you almost to Ridley Road is lined with English Oak, Quercus robur. There are of course numbers of other species present, including an occasional Ash and increasingly Holm Oak, but the English Oaks are the predominant plant species and were evidently deliberately planted aWanstead Flats Capel gap 170429 1220652s a road-side amenity tree in the early 20th Century - probably in 1907. Beyond the bend in Capel Road nearing Ridley Road, the hedge-line is not so thick, and the planted tree-species is predominantly Horse Chestnut. It is interesting to note that at that bend in the road, is the boundary between the old West Ham and East Ham Boroughs

But in that East Ham stretch, where the hedge-line of oaks and hawthorn make views of Wanstead Flats scarce in the summer, a major gap is evident about half-way along.

Looking more closely, there is no evidence that there were ever trees there. That is to say, there are no stumps or obvious changes in the ground surface to say they'd been removed. However, it occurred to me that there was once an estate of pre-fabs on the Flats where there are now playing field, stretching from the Borough boundary to almost the Golden Fleece. In fact, when I moved to Capel Road in the 1960s there was a chestnut-paling fence around that whole area, protecting freshly-seeded soil where the football pitches were to be. It hadn't been long since the prefabs had been removed, and postmen that I worked with were saying that only recently they'd delivered there - and what a nice place it was to go.

That estate would have required at least one access road. Was that gap possibly where it had been? Looking at a scanned O.S. map of the area I could see that the gap was exactly where it had been.

Now, it is not to say that there never was a continuation of the line of road-side oaks - they probably were there. But in constructing the access road they would have required to have been removed, roots and all, probably. Hence the gap in the hedge - and a bit of reminded history thrown up by a chance meeting.

Wanstead Flats prefabs

Paul Ferris, 29th April 2017