One of our students is currently studying moss microcosms. He has
identified many algae, rotifers, tardigrades, amoebae, etc., but there
are some structures that he cannot identify. Some look a bit like moss
gemmae, I think, others look like nothing I know of, but I guess they
may also be moss parts. I am hoping that someone might recognize these
'creatures'. The attached photos were taken at 500x, and the samples
come from /Orthotrichum affine/ growing epiphytically at ca. 4 m height
on oaks in northern Germany.
I would be grateful for any suggestions what we might be looking at here.
University of Oldenburg
Department of Biology and Environmental Sciences
Functional Ecology of Plants