Caption: Vorticella sp. ciliate protozoan, light microscopy. This protozoan feeds by using hair-like cilia around the cap of its bell to waft food particles towards its central mouth. Each individual Vorticella has a contractile stalk called a myoneme, which is used to jerk it towards its substrate when threatened. Vorticella are widely distributed in freshwater environments worldwide, and feed mainly on aquatic bacteria. Filmed with darkfield illumination.

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Keywords: anchored, animal, aquatic, biological, biology, cilia, ciliate protozoan, ciliated, cilium, darkfield illumination, invertebrate, micro-organism, micro-organisms, microbiological, microbiology, microorganism, microorganisms, motile, nature, optical, pond life, protozoa, protozoan, single celled, single-celled, stalk, stalks, unicellular, vorticella sp, wildlife, zoological, zoology

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Vorticella, light microscopy

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