Platycola, a loricate peritrich. This one forms a flattened lorica with apical apertures through which the cells extend while feeding. The cell cannot be seen clearly. The lorica appears transparent when first formed but gets darker with age. From Lake Donghu, China. Phase contrast micrograph. This image was obtained by Feng Weisong, Gu Xiwen, Yang Jun and Miao Wei (of the Institute of Hydrobiology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences) and David Patterson in the summer of 2002. Image copyright: D. J. Patterson, image used under license to MBL (micro*scope).
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Lake Donghu, China
|Description of Platycola: Sessiline peritrich ciliates, lorica attached to substrate by its long axis. |