Litonotus hunts and eats 2 ciliates

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Litonotus hunts and eats 2 ciliates

#1 Post by Microbia » Tue May 30, 2017 4:00 pm

This is not a good looking video but I think it's interesting.
I was happy to catch this moment. I never saw before how one ciliate eats another.
400x.

Litonotus is a predator ciliate. It has trichocysts(cells with poison) which it uses like darts to kill and immobilize the prey before eating.
You can see in the video that the prey is completely paralized before it is eaten.

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#2 Post by hkv » Tue May 30, 2017 5:05 pm

Very nice find and great video! Thanks for sharing!

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#3 Post by billbillt » Tue May 30, 2017 5:14 pm

I completely DISAGREE with you!.. Your video is stellar!.... What a wonderful and interesting find!.. You bring a lot of enjoyment to this forum!...

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#4 Post by vasselle » Tue May 30, 2017 5:29 pm

Very nice
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#5 Post by Pat Thielen » Fri Jun 09, 2017 5:02 am

I completely agree with Bill -- This is really an amazing video. You are capturing the natural history of these animals very well. Thanks for posting it!
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#6 Post by Microbia » Fri Jun 09, 2017 3:25 pm

Thank you all! I'm just a newbie and I'm very pleased to read such comments.

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#7 Post by Cyclops » Fri Jun 09, 2017 6:16 pm

That is a fantastic example of natural history behaviour study! Well captured and great to see!

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#8 Post by billporter1456 » Wed Jun 14, 2017 6:57 pm

An excellent catch! It's hard enough to capture Litonotus eating anything, much less two critters without such a short time span.

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#9 Post by billbillt » Wed Jun 14, 2017 11:09 pm

billporter1456 wrote:An excellent catch! It's hard enough to capture Litonotus eating anything, much less two critters without such a short time span.
It is good to see you back, Bill P....


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#10 Post by billporter1456 » Thu Jun 15, 2017 1:24 am

billbillt wrote:
billporter1456 wrote:An excellent catch! It's hard enough to capture Litonotus eating anything, much less two critters without such a short time span.
It is good to see you back, Bill P....


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