Nice SEMs

Discussion in 'Onychoteuthidae' started by Tintenfisch, Apr 23, 2009.

  1. Tintenfisch

    Tintenfisch Architeuthis Staff Member Moderator

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    Hmmm, no new posts in the onychoteuthid section since late 2008 - we can't have that! :wink: I've been sorting out all of the SEM stubs I've accumulated over the last 5 years and getting them, and the images themselves, ready to return to the museums they were loaned from. Thought the community might also enjoy seeing some of these images.

    Here are some radulae:
     

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    Tintenfisch Architeuthis Staff Member Moderator

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    And some suckers from paralarval Onykia specimens:
     

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    Tintenfisch Architeuthis Staff Member Moderator

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    And some tentacular hooks from adults:
     

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    sorseress Colossal Squid Supporter

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    I'd sure hate to meet any of those in a dark alley!
     
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    Brock Fluharty Haliphron Atlanticus Registered

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    Those hooks are wicked looking. Perfect for grabbing unsuspecting prey.
     
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    mucktopus Haliphron Atlanticus Staff Member Moderator

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    Nice radulae! Those can be so hard to work with.
     
  7. Tintenfisch

    Tintenfisch Architeuthis Staff Member Moderator

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    Yes, I've certainly botched mounting them a few times... :oops:
     
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    Thanks for posting these SEMs, it makes me want to go find all my old pictures... in a box somewhere, from a few states ago...
     
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    Yeah, it is hard to stop breathing while mounting specimens for SEM...
     
  10. Architeuthoceras

    Architeuthoceras Architeuthis Staff Member Moderator

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    These are some very Kool Pictures Kat! :notworth:
     
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    Jean Colossal Squid Supporter

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    very nice!

    J
     
  12. DWhatley

    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    Kat, do you know the magnification levels on the radula and suckers? Seeing the "plunger" effect more or less as a functional sequence is neat. Any more "how it works" pictures?
     
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    D,

    In the pictures there is a measurement bar in microns. A micron is 1000th of a millimeter. Does this help? In the top left picture of the radula, the bar is 200 microns - that is about the width of three of the middle teeth, so the width of three of the middle teeth would be 0.2 millimeters. On the bottom left image of the hooks, the width is 1 millimeter, so the total length of that hook would be about 1.5 millimeters.
     
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    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    A little after I enlarged the photos to read them but I am afraid I don't get the spacial feel for how many times reality I am looking at when somthing is stated that way. If the bar in the key is 200 x .001 or .2 mm I can look at a tape and guestimate 1/5 th of a mm but that does not help me visuallize the magnification level - just did not do bio in college (night classes meant astromomy even though I wanted to take biology) and have not even toyed with a microscope since I was a kid.
     
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    cuttlegirl Colossal Squid Supporter Registered

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    In the first photo of the radula, it says 1600x magnified, but that is not taking into account the size of the image that you are viewing. If you enlarge the photos, then you are magnifying it even further. Are you confused yet?
     
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    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    It does help a lot with spacial imagery to know the magnification. I can't tell the actual size of what I am looking at but I can get prospective. If you magnify your thumb 1600 X's you can see finer details so it is the amount of detail with relation to normal viewing that knowing the magnification level helps intuitively understand.

    Hey, I still prefer an analog clock because I can see how late I am :roll: because it displays a picture of an hour's worth of time and the relationship of the current time and when I was supposed to be somewhere. :old:
     
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    Tintenfisch Architeuthis Staff Member Moderator

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    Yeah... don't breathe, don't sneeze (almost as difficult for me as not breathing for most people :roll:), don't drop it onto the sticky surface upside down, don't squeeze too hard otherwise you get tweezer-marks, don't let your hands shake... actually it's a wonder I got any of these pics at all. :roll:

    Here are some more. These are tentacle clubs of paralarval onychoteuthids. Sorry that some have mags on them and some don't - I usually don't include them in the legend because journals don't want them, due to image resizing changing the mag. Scale bars are much preferred even if they make visualization a little harder for some.
     

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    Tintenfisch Architeuthis Staff Member Moderator

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    And here are some 'how it works' photos, kind of.

    1 - a normal adult arm sucker in Onychoteuthis
    2 - a tentacular sucker in the middle of developing into a hook, in paralarval Onychoteuthis
    3 - the 'back' (interior/aboral side) of an exposed paralarval tentacular sucker ring - the smooth rounded part in the foreground would normally be set into the sucker musculature
    4 - a tentacular sucker in the middle of developing into a hook, in paralarval Onykia
     

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    Great content -- :notworth: thanks for posting this, Kat!
     
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    Jean Colossal Squid Supporter

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    I can relate, I have sneezed an entire tray of statoliths into oblivion!
     

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