Here’s a simplified photo guide of common freshwater creatures that you might find in your local pond, moss or lichen samples. These were all found in Ontario, Canada, but many of them are common around the world. With just its name, you can find a lot more information on these creatures online. I’ve also included some handy reference guides, here!

I’ll keep adding more and more as I find them. I’ll also be adding a gallery of unidentified creatures, soon!

Keep in mind that I may have made a mistake when identifying the creatures below, so please contact me if you notice an error!

Note: I’ve decided not to include the magnification, simply because most of these were captured with additional zoom from my phone camera. But, in general, all of these were captured with a 10X objective with a 10X eyepiece (100x). The phone zoom can add an additional 1x to 7x!