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Vorticella (single-celled)

(Example of a peritrich)


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Further details:
Bell animalcules in 3D

Name (genus) : Vorticella

Size : The 'bell' is up to 150 µm, with stalk up to 1 mm.

Where to find them : Attached to algae and plants etc.

Notes : Vorticella are one of the peritrich protozoa. Although solitary, they often occur in groups to form a tiny jelly-like mass just visible to the naked eye. Their stalks contract like a spring. Some similar types e.g. Epistylis (not contractile) and Carchesium (contractile) are true colonies with branching tree-like stalks.

Classification :
Kingdom Protoctista, Phylum Ciliophora

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