In vivo portrait of Coleps hirtus (MÜLLER,1786) NITZCH,1827.Collected from a freshwater pond near Boise, Idaho.DIC. 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 Coleps hirtus: Scavenging ciliate, about 40-65 x 18-35 microns. Body covered in calcified armoured plates, usually barrel-shaped, rarely cylindrical. Armour consists of 6 plate rings (from anterior): circumoral plates, anterior collateral and main plates, posterior main and collateral plates, and circumanal plates. Each ring composed of 12-20, usually 15 or 16 plates. Collateral armour plates each with 2, main plates each with 4 windows, in total thus 12 windows per plate row and the windows are pretzel shaped, ridge at left plate margin finely crenellated, teeth of right plate margin alternately arranged to windows. One large spine at an anterior collateral plate and three or four prominent spines at rear end. Macronucleus globular, near mid-body. Contractile vacuole in posterior end. Extrusomes (toxicysts) difficult to recognize in living cells. Cells, especially armour, usually brown. No symbiotic green algae. 12-20, usually l5 or 16 meridional ciliary rows, each with four condensed cilia (pectinelles) at anterior end; cilia project from small, fusiform orifices between armour plates. One distinctly elongated caudal cilium. Oral opening at anterior end of cell, oral basket inconspicuous. Undulating membrane circular, composed of paired basal bodies, interrupted by three tiny adoral organelles. Movement without peculiarities, swims moderately rapidly. |