Resting cysts of Urostyla grandis (EHRENBERG,1830). From starved culture.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 Urostyla grandis: Urostylid ciliate, 300-400 micrometres long. Body shape an elongate ellipsoid; sometimes ovoid or oblong. Flexible. Rows of marginal cirri covering ventral surface on either side of midventral complex. 10-20 transverse cirri, in a row diagonal to midline, higher on the left. Macronucleus in 100 or more parts. Contractile vacuole on left, behind the peristome. A voracious feeder, consuming rotifers, diatoms, flagellate algae. Fresh water.