Winner: Our work - Nematode from Chatham Rise crest sediments

This picture was taken at Greta point (2012) using an Olympus SC100 camera connected to an Olympus BX53 compound microscope (400 x magnification). The specimen was observed with interference contrast microscopy, which allows to observe colourless structures of different thickness, and which produced the blue hue in the picture. The nematode specimen is an adult male of the genus Metadasynemella from an area on Chatham Rise crest rich in phosphorite nodule deposits sampled in 2011 (TAN1103). The specimen is about 3/4 of a millimetre in length, and is characterised by an elaborate cuticle (skin) often found in nematodes inhabiting coarse sediments.