Revision of Tvärminne Wormsearch August 2008. from Thu, 2008-08-07 20:05

Alex. Luther in 1927A trinational field excursion, or wormsearch, is presently happening, based in Tvärminne Zoological Station (also known as Tvärminnen eläintieteellinen asema), a former Turbellarian hotspot, when Alexander Luther was here as director (1919-1954 35 years!). He produced some of the most astonishing drawings of Macrostomum species (see for instance his 1905 paper in honour of Palmén, who founded the station where we presently amaze ourselves with tiny creatures). He also described numerous species and attracted and tought several reknown turbellariologists.

This wormsearch's was organized by Lukas Schärer (CH), and we finally have an expert for "The Rest" of cute worms we always find and admire namelessly (i.e. the Rhabdocoela), Tom Artois (BE). The rest of the crew consists of Bart Tessens (BE), Gregor Schulte (DE), Micha Eichmann (CH) and myself.

The infracstructure is very nice, we're using a lecture hall with a sink in a cupboard (?!) where we could arrange tables in a way suitable for use with binoculars and microscopes, computers and cameras, ready-to-use field equipment and waiting-to-be-washed samples. We sleep some three hundred meters away from the "lab", in a house besides the forest. Everything is quite modern, and slightly exotic (and not only because of the language: things are different in Finland). We have breakfast between 8 and 9 (at least some of us do)

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