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Re: Plankton and Protozoa
« Reply #40 on: May 05, 2017, 07:48:21 PM »
Very nice too :)

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Re: Plankton and Protozoa
« Reply #41 on: August 25, 2017, 08:50:07 PM »

Antarctic krill, Euphausia superba [ID is speculative], (Burger King kids meal toy), 2011, the larger krill is about 2.4 in. or 6.1 cm.


Posterior view. The characters, Rockin' Will and Bill from Happy Feet Two, perform a rocking motion when the levers beneath are squeezed together.

Krill are small shrimp-like crustaceans in class Malacostraca, but are not decapods, classified as a sister group in superorder Eucarida. Here we list them on the plankton thread, although they are correctly called plankton only while larvae. Adult length is 2.4 in., similar to the figures. The Antarctic krill have perhaps the largest total biomass of any species, food for whales, seals, penguins, and other predators.

We can appreciate that this important crustacean is represented by a toy, even though we prefer 3D figures instead of 2D. Purchased on eBay.
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Re: Plankton and Protozoa
« Reply #42 on: September 20, 2017, 07:45:31 PM »
Three protozoans as pressed-glass figurines. Normally I do not collect glass figurines, but as a parasitologist, human parasite figures cannot be ignored. These were bought on Etsy from Trilobite Glassworks.

left to right: Giardia duodenalis (syn. G. intestinalis, G. lamblia) (trophozoite), Trichomonas vaginalis (trophozoite), Toxoplasma gondii (tachyzoite)


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Re: Plankton and Protozoa
« Reply #43 on: December 14, 2017, 04:36:52 PM »
Plankton Keychain & Magnifier (Epoch)


Euglena, Vorticella, Sea sparkle, Horseshoe worm

The Ecology of Plankton (Epoch), released in 2004, was reviewed by bmathison1972. The same ten figures were released in 2007, each with a loop attached to a keychain and magnifier.

Thanks to Beetle guy for sending me four of the species after a year of searching, shown here removed from the chains.
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Re: Plankton and Protozoa
« Reply #44 on: December 14, 2017, 06:38:07 PM »
Glad they arrived! :)
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Re: Plankton and Protozoa
« Reply #45 on: December 15, 2017, 11:58:13 AM »
Plankton Keychain & Magnifier (Epoch)


Euglena, Vorticella, Sea sparkle, Horseshoe worm

The Ecology of Plankton (Epoch), released in 2004, was reviewed by bmathison1972. The same ten figures were released in 2007, each with a loop attached to a keychain and magnifier.

Thanks to Beetle guy for sending me four of the species after a year of searching, shown here removed from the chains.

These were offered for sale to me, but since they appeared to be the same as the main set, I decided to leave them for someone else. Glad they went to you stemturtle!!!!

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Re: Plankton and Protozoa
« Reply #46 on: December 15, 2017, 01:57:46 PM »

These were offered for sale to me, but since they appeared to be the same as the main set, I decided to leave them for someone else. Glad they went to you stemturtle!!!!

Bmathison1972, I appreciate your consideration.
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Re: Plankton and Protozoa
« Reply #47 on: December 15, 2017, 02:09:23 PM »

These were offered for sale to me, but since they appeared to be the same as the main set, I decided to leave them for someone else. Glad they went to you stemturtle!!!!

Bmathison1972, I appreciate your consideration.
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That's crazy that the figures were released...with loops! Of course, the first version had goo in a jar, so clearly that was a period of 'experimentation' from Epoch!

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Re: Plankton and Protozoa
« Reply #48 on: December 16, 2017, 11:43:55 PM »
Awesome, James, congrats! :) I think I didn't have any idea about their size so thanks for showing them together with the Schleich man for comparison! :)

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Re: Plankton and Protozoa
« Reply #49 on: February 01, 2018, 07:56:21 PM »

Comb jelly, species not identified, (Dynasty Gallery)

This laser-etched crystal has a diameter of about 3 inches.  It demonstrates how sampling diverse taxa can take us beyond animal toys and into the realm of collectibles.
Ctenophora is a small phylum, lacking the stinging nematocysts of the cnidarian jellyfish. Comb jellies are largely ignored by toy manufacturers, with the exception of
Fisher Price .

I wonder if the artist might have been inspired by the sea walnut, Mnemiopsis leidyi. Length of that species is about 4 inches or 10 cm. When disturbed, the rows of ciliated combs glow blue-green.
 
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