Very strange looking ciliate

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Very strange looking ciliate

#1 Post by D0c » Wed Jan 13, 2021 3:19 pm

Two videos of a very strange looking ciliate. It kind of resembles a sea horse especially in the second video.

It must be some deformed heterotrichae but that is just a guess.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/154534235 ... datetaken/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/154534235 ... datetaken/

Thanks for looking
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Bruce Taylor
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Re: Very strange looking ciliate

#2 Post by Bruce Taylor » Wed Jan 13, 2021 5:40 pm

It's a piece of a badly mutilated ciliate. Small scraps of ciliates will often keep swimming, and even foraging, after catastrophic damage (if sufficient macronuclear material is intact, a mangled cell can sometimes regenerate). This one looks like a chunk of Spirostomum.

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