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   STENTOR  

The trumpet animalcule

The trumpet animalcule Stentor is one of the largest unicellular organisms. Most of the time it lives attached to a surface. With it's cell stretched Stentor feeds on bacteria and other small creatures using a crown of fused cilia (hairlike structures). But when disturbed it uses it's cilia to locomote. As an aid to reach a large size, sometimes two millimetres long, Stentor has within it's cell a string of many nucle´.

More can be read in the Micscape article: The Stentor

More about Stentors relatives in Ciliates

 

THE INSTITUTE FOR THE PROMOTION OF THE LESS THAN ONE MILLIMETRE

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Bryozoans

Desmids

Spirogyra

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