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Rheinberg Illumination

Cyclops Egg Sacs

The Cyclops is a multi-cellular crustacean belonging to the class Copepoda, which is abundant in both fresh and seawater. These tiny creatures range in size of one-half to three millimeters in length and are usually a faint green to brown in color. Female members of the species often carry egg sacs similar in appearance to the ones below that were digitally imaged with the QX3 microscope in Rheinberg illumination.

Cyclops with Egg Sacs at 60x Magnification

Upper Egg Sac at 200x Magnification

Lower Egg Sac at 200x Magnification

Rheinberg illumination digital images were recorded using a reflected light configuration consisting of auxiliary fiber optics light tubes covered in gels (oblique specimen illumination). Another, much darker gel was placed over the frosted diffusion screen to serve as the background color.

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