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February 2020

Superficial neuromast organ on head of Blackwing hatchetfish (Carnegiella myersi). The over 300 superficial neuromast organs on the surface of the head of this species facilitate the detection of minute vibrations caused by struggling insects at the waters surface, which are then captured and consumed by this tiny predator. The sensory cilia (kinocilia and stereocilia) extending from the hair cells along the center of the neuromast are clearly visible in this image.  Image taken on the Tescan Vega with a field of view at ~140 microns. Sample and image courtesy of Dr. Kevin Conway (Ecology and Conservation Biology).