Allantion (a-lant-ee-on) rarely reported gliding flagellate from soils. With one long flagellum and one very short flagellum. Body elliptical. Phase contrast. This picture was taken by David Patterson, Linda Amaral Zettler, Mike Peglar and Tom Nerad from cultures and other materials maintained at the American Type Culture Collection during 2001. Image copyright: D. J. Patterson, L Amaral-Zettler, M. Peglar and T. Nerad, image used under license to MBL (micro*scope).
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|Description of Allantion tachyploon: Cells are 7-8.5x3.5 microns, cylindrical with rounded ends. A single trailing flagellum inserts sub-apically in a small depression. Cells glide swiftly with the whole of the flagellum in contact with the substrate, but with most of the posterior part of the cell raised above the surface. Gliding is sometimes interspersed by periods of a waggling movement. Cells may swim short distances, with rotation about the longitudinal axis, and the flagellum trailing behind |