Lembadion bullinum as illustrated in Shen & Zhang (1990) Biomonitoring Techniques Using Freshwater Microbiota, China Architecture and Building Press. This image was taken with permission from Modern Biomonitoring Techniques Using Freshwater Microbiota written by Shen Yunfen, Zhang Zongshe and colleagues, and published by China Architecture and Building Press in 1990. Image copyright: China Architecture and Building Press, used under license to MBL (micro*scope).
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Protozoan biomonitors in China
|Description of Lembadion bullinum: Peniculine ciliates, 120-200 micrometres in length. Plumply ovoid, with a vast buccal cavity, nearly as long as the entire body and about half as wide. Large membranelles on left side of the mouth opening; a smaller paroral on the right. Somatic ciliation holotrichous. Caudal cilia in a tuft, 40-50 micrometres long. Contractile vacuole dorsally positioned, connected to the ventral surface by a long tubule. Macronucleus reniform or sausage-shaped, subterminal. Eats diatoms, flagellates, ciliates, green algae. Marine, and fresh water, in shallow ponds (often in association with sulfur bacteria).