Microlife

Critter

Algae

Common name: Algae

Scientific name: There are thousands of species of freshwater algae.
Three vernal pool algae are: Volvox, Chara and Zygnema.
Classification: Most algae are plants. Some are in a special group that is neither plant nor animal.
Habitat: most aquatic habitats on Earth.

Critter

Bacteria

Bacteria

Common name: Bacteria

Scientific name: over 100,000 different species
Classification: Kingdom: Bacteria
Habitat: Every habitat on Earth contains bacteria, including vernal pools, lakes and streams.

Critter

Detritus

Common name: Muck, Rotting Stuff

Scientific name: Detritus (pronounced di-TRY-tis)
Habitat: bottom of vernal pools and other water bodies.
Size:
microscopic to big chunks

Critter

Protozoa

Protozoa

Common name: Protozoa

Scientific name: There are thousands of species of protozoa. Some groups found in vernal pools are: Vorticella, Heliozoa, and Ameoba
Phylum: Protozoa
Habitat: most aquatic habitats on earth.
Size: microscopic, 2 to 70 microns (0.002 to 0.07 mm)

Critter

Rotifers

Rotifers

Common name: Rotifers

Scientific name: many different species
Phylum: Rotifera
Habitat: vernal pools and other aquatic habitats
Size: microscopic, 100 to 500 microns (0.1 to 0.5 mm)

Commands