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    Default Carnivorous Bladderwort - Utricularia

    Some FF members keep carnivorous plants in their vivariums. Bladderwort - Utricularia, has utricles; which are small bag like bladders, that are used to trap and digest prey like Daphnia and even small fish fry.

    A Bladderwort utricle is the star in this year 1st place micro photograph contest sponsored by Olympus. The winning photographer, Igor Siwanowicz, magnified the bladder 100 times. He also took third place with another photo.

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    The below link shows an outstanding Olympus video made of the microphotographs entered:

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    The Olympus BioScapes Competition honors images and movies of human, plant and animal subjects as captured through light microscopes. Anyone interested in competing or learning more about the subject can get information here: Olympus BioScapes International Digital Imaging Competition. Happy Holidays !
    Remember to take care of the enclosure and it will take care of your frog !​

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    Very cool! Thanks for sharing Carlos! I have even kept a few utricularia species in full aquatic tanks as well. Bladderworts, they're just not for vivariums anymore lol
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    Utricarias are nice for pest-infested ponds lol

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    Default Re: Carnivorous Bladderwort - Utricularia

    They are some incredibly adapted plants! Those pink colored discoid and Maltese cross shaped bodies in the lower area of cavity are algae called Desmids. Apparently they live inside the plants utricles. No idea if the Bladderwort just offers them a microcosmos to live in, or if the Desmids benefit the plant in any way .
    Remember to take care of the enclosure and it will take care of your frog !​

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