Portrait of Chaetospira, a loricate hypotrich ciliate. Elongate anterior end with prominent adoral zone of membranelles has a corkscrew configuration, distinguishing this genus from the similar Stichotricha. Usually only anterior portion protrudes and organism quickly retracts completely into lorica when disturbed. From freshwater pond near Boise, Idaho. Brightfield. This image was taken by William Bourland. He now uses a Zeiss Axioskop 2 with Spot Insight and Spot Flex CCD cameras (Diagnostic Instruments). Image copyright: William Bourland, image used under license to MBL (micro*scope).
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Freshwater and Terrestrial Microbes of Idaho (USA) and Elsewhere
|Description of Chaetospira: Stichotrichine ciliate, loricate; tapered anterior end in form of corkscrew; body swollen in posterior portion |