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Postby AstusAleator » Wed May 03, 2006 10:24 pm

Can you describe their swimming motion? Is it undulatory, using the thin part as a propeller, like a frog larva?

You should catch one. Yes I know that's nasty, but you should catch it and keep it in a jar and observe it.
This is pretty fascinating. So far I haven't been able to figure out what it is.
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Postby AstusAleator » Wed May 03, 2006 10:38 pm

Also, where do you live?
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Postby Why,Why not » Thu May 04, 2006 4:12 am

thanks for replying.
Im not sure how they swim, normaly they just twist there bodies around and it dosen't seem to make them move anywhere. They don't seem to use there tales either, though i haven't actually seen one try to move accept i saw one float up to the surface but I didn't really pay much attention to how it surfaced :( . I live in british columbia (canada), on an island inbetween vancouver and victoria. its mostly warm up her accept it can get very windy.
ill try and catch one asap but i have a bunch of work so i won't be able to reply till later.
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Postby rg » Thu May 04, 2006 7:15 pm

seein the picture and the segments on the body and the flagella i think it has metameric segmentation and hence may belong to phylum annelida(may be a larval state) or platuhelminthes.....not sure...probably since the picture doesnt reveal full details....
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Postby Why,Why not » Fri May 05, 2006 2:27 am

I apologize for the pictures, I can't really get them from any angle accept from above. Im going to try catching one so perhaps i can get some better pics then.

thank you :)
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Postby flint » Fri May 05, 2006 2:43 pm

I believe that is a rat-tail maggot

the long tube coming off the main body is essentailly a snorkel, so that the maggot can breath while underwater
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Postby Why,Why not » Fri May 05, 2006 5:14 pm

Wow, I think my question was answered, thanks. I tried google searching rat-tail maoggot and i got some simalar photos. though they all seemed to look differen't(the images of the maggots) they probably are, thanks a bunch, now i can write a report on them because i know what they are :D .
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Postby February Beetle » Sat May 06, 2006 5:45 pm

Man, that is really gross.
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Postby ptPablo » Sat May 06, 2006 10:15 pm

it's two species. the first one is a monogene flatworm called Diplozooan paradoxum. the later one is a digene cercaria larva. shoot them.
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Postby flint » Sat May 06, 2006 10:21 pm

ptPablo if those are worm larvae would it be cause for alarm for the family?
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Postby AstusAleator » Sun May 07, 2006 3:39 am

flint wrote:I believe that is a rat-tail maggot

the long tube coming off the main body is essentailly a snorkel, so that the maggot can breath while underwater


problem solved. thanks flint. Too bad we didn't discover a new species :).
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Postby Why,Why not » Wed May 10, 2006 5:07 pm

Ya i agree, i was really exited about them, i wish they were a new speices.

What do you mean shoot them? I don't mean to sound rude but thats quite abscure. thanks guys.
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