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Obelia Hydrozoan Medusa, Light Micrograph
Dr Keith Wheeler
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Obelia hydrozoan medusa. Dark-field light micrograph of a medusa (young polyp) from the Obelia geniculata hydroid. The circular shallow semi-bell has solid tentacles on the rim. At the center, is the manubrium, with oral tentacles for ingesting food. The four dark round areas are the gonads. The gonads on a single medusa are all the same sex, male or female. If the medusa is female, the eggs will be fertilised by sperm from another medusa via the sea, and the fertilised medusa will then develop into another hydroid colony. Magnification x14 when printed at 10 centimetres across.
May 5th, 2013
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