What a difference 5 days makes

Because the age of the eggs collected in the previous post is known with some precision, it was a good opportunity to document the time course of development.  On day one, the embryos looked like balls of stuff, and did not move much. Below is a video of the eggs, but it may as well be a still.


However, within 5 days, things have really started to get moving.  The embryos are starting to look like little veligers, and are spinning in their eggshells constantly.  They still have at least 10 days before they hatch, so it seems like a bit of a waste of energy, but it may serve some purpose.


  1. Reply
    Hans Ruppel November 18, 2014

    Why does “everyone” move in the same direction? Is this synchronized swimming? Quite wonderful to see!

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    Dave November 18, 2014

    Funny, until you mentioned their shared direction, it had not sunk in. I don’t know whether there is a natural handedness to their cilia beating, or if they are responding to the an external cue while sitting on the microscope stage. Interesting.

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