A very small ciliate, the anterior end of which has protruded. There is a contractile vacuole at the posterior end and sparse ciliation. We are unsure of the identity of this organism. Phase contrast micrograph.
Image by B. L. Dicks and D. J. Patterson Image copyright: D. J. Patterson, image used under license to MBL (micro*scope).
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Microbes of Mono Lake
|Description of Enchelydium: Enchelyid haptorid ciliates, with 3 kineties of clavate cilia; oral region flat, but typically swollen in doughnut-like fashion around cytostome. |