Vaginicola (vadge-in-ee-cola) is a sessile peritrich ciliate. The cells live within a lorica. often found in pairs, the cells attach to the base of the lorica by the posterior ends of the cell. they can contract into the lorica. The oral cilia form a wreath around the anterior end of the cell. No body ciliature. Differential interference contrast. This picture was taken by David Patterson and Mark Farmer of material from freshwater sites in the vicinity of the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, USA) in April, 2001 and from collections of organisms maintained at the University. Image copyright: D. J. Patterson and Mark Farmer, image used under license to MBL (micro*scope).
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Athens, Georgia, USA
|Description of Vaginicola: Sessiline peritrich ciliates, lorica attached aborally; no valve. |