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 The Larva of the Starfish

 

A ghost like appearance in marine plankton, although less than a millimetre long, the transparent body of the larva of the starfish is a magnificent lifeform. Covered with ciliated bands it has an elegant way of locomotion. Slowly does it glide through the water. In the centre you can see the mouth-opening leading towards a round gut below. The strip in front of it is the anus.

More about the development of these larvae can be found in the Micscape article Growth of a Starfish.

THE INSTITUTE FOR THE PROMOTION OF THE LESS THAN ONE MILLIMETRE

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Bell animalcules

Noctiluca

Diatoms

Stentor

Hydra

Bryozoans

Desmids

Spirogyra

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