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Stylonychia is a genus of ciliates which appears commonly in both terrestrial and aquatic habitats. It is easily recognized by its oval shape and tufts of joined cilia called cirri, some of which are used as “legs” and give the cell an almost insect-like appearance. In this illustration I have also included a robust network of fungal hyphae, which are an important feature of a healthy and balanced soil ecosystem.
I like to imagine how microscopic creatures might look if we could see them in their natural habitats, and view them as the amazing wildlife that they are. The microscopic world is truly fantastic and offers a lot of inspiration for fantasy themes, which you will see in some of my more playful work like the hookah-smoking tardigrade inspired by the caterpillar from Alice in Wonderland. I hope my art can help bring us a little bit closer to the mysterious world of microbiology that is the foundation for all our precious ecosystems.
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This is a gallery-quality giclée art print on 100% cotton rag archival paper, printed with archival inks. Each art print is listed by sheet size. Our 4 inch prints feature a minimum half-inch margin while larger sizes feature a minimum one-inch margin.