Portrait of the oligotrich ciliate, Romstrombidium hyalinum. This genus is distinguished from the similar Strombidium by the small size and the termination of the spiral somatic ciliary rows before they reach the posterior pole of the cell (in Strombidium they form a terminal spiral). There are several species. R. hyalinum is colorless. The cell body is transversely truncate anteriorly and bluntly conical posteriorly. The cytostome is at the anterior end. A circular adoral zone of membranelles is present. There are six indistinct, slightly spiraling rows of short somatic cilia that extend nearly the length of the body. It is seldom possible to keep more than one row in the focal plane in the lateral view. The C- shaped macronucleus is anterior and transversely oriented The peripheral contractile vacuole is located in the posterior of the cell. A food vacuole is seen here posteriorly. Collected from freshwater pond near Boise, Idaho September 2003. DIC optics. 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
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