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The trumpet animalcule
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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