Best Stereo Microscopes for Studying Insects & More

Best Stereo Microscopes

When it comes to scientific study, nothing beats having a high-quality microscope. However, these devices come in various shapes, sizes, and capabilities, so how can you know which one will work best? Stereo microscopes are ideal for physical objects, such as biological creatures and samples. While these microscopes won’t allow you to see extra-tiny elements … Read more

Phylum Xenacoelomorpha; Simple marine worms

Xenacoelomorpha – Etymology: From Ancient Greek Xenos = strange, + koîlos, “hollow” – (as in coelom) + morphḗ, “shape”. Animal with a strange shaped gut. Characteristics of Xenacoelomorpha: Bilaterally symmetrical. Body plan is acoelomate. Body contains a very simple internal cavity. Body possesses no true digestive tract (gut). Body has three cell layers in most places (triploblastic). The nervous system is basiepidermal. … Read more

Dicyemida: Tiny Marine Parasites of Octopus and Squids

Dicyema japonicum

Dicyemida Etymology: From the Greek Di for two and cyem for germ – referring to the existence of both sexual and asexual reproduction in this group. Dicyemida Species Count:- According to the online database the Catalogue of Life there are 122  living species of Dicyemida Characteristics of Dicyemida: Bilaterally symmetrical. Has no organs or tissues. Body … Read more

Orthonectida: Tiny Parasites of Starfish, Bivalves and Worms

Two female Rhopalura xenoturbellaria

Etymology: From Ancient Greek (orthós, “straight”) and  (nēktós, “swimming”) or (nḗktēs, “swimmer”) Characteristics of Orthonectida: Bilaterally symmetrical. Has no organs or tissues. Body contains no internal cavity. Body possesses no digestive tract (gut). Body only two cell layers in most places. Has no nervous system. Has some cells develop inside other cells. Reproduction quite complex involving both sexual and asexual … Read more

Mantophasmatodea: African Gladiator Bugs

Three different Mantophasmatodea

Mantophasmatodea is an order of insects that was only officially discovered this century.  They were first described in 2002 and since then at least 19 species have been discovered according to the online database The Catalogue of Life. They are commonly known as Gladiator Bugs, African Rock Crawlers or Heelwalkers. In colour they vary from … Read more

Microcoryphia: The Antique World of Bristletails

Machilidae - unidentified species.

The Microcoryphia, known as bristletails are part of the old Thysanura (or three pronged bristle-tails) along with the Zygentoma.  They are an ancient lineage linking the Apterygota (primarily wingless insects) and the Pterygota (primarily winged insects).   It contains some of the most primitive of insects known to man i.e., the Thysanura are most like what … Read more

Phylum Cephalorhyncha: Tiny Marine Worms

Spinoloricus spp.

Etymology of Cephalorhyncha: From the Greek Kephalos for head and Rhynchos (snout or beak) There are 237 species of Cephalorhyncha known to science (COL). Characteristics of Cephalorhyncha: Bilaterally symmetrical, and vermiform. Body has more than two cell layers, tissues and organs. Body cavity is a true coelom or is pseudocoelomate. Body possesses a through gut with an … Read more