Bodo caudatus (Dujardin, 1841) Stein 1878. Bodo cells that are usually ovate, compressed and are 11 - 16 microns long with a conspicuous apical mouth. The cell body is very flexible but not amoeboid. Two flagella emerge from a subapical pocket, the anterior flagellum is about the cell length, is recurved so that it is directed towards the rear and beats with a paddling motion. The acronematic posterior flagellum is 2 - 2.5 times the cell length, emerges from the pocket about 1/6 along cell and appears to attach to the cell body or to lie in a groove when the cells are not moving. The cells move by skidding or swimming using the anterior flagellum. This species is predatory. This is one of about 700 species of heterotrophic flagellates reported from marine environments. This information has been compiled by Won Je Lee (then of the School of Biological Sciences, University of Sydney, A Image copyright: Won-Je Lee, image used under license to MBL (micro*scope).
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Heterotrophic flagellates of marine habitats
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