Paramecium bursaria protozoan. Differential interference contrast (DIC) light micrograph of a paramecium bursaria ciliate protozoan. This protozoan inhabits freshwater, where it feeds mainly on bacteria. It moves by beating its cilia, hair-like extensions that cover its body. The small green bodies inside the protozoan are individual Zoochlorella sp. algae, which have a symbiotic relationship with the protozoan. They photosynthesise inside the Paramecium, providing it with sugars and oxygen, while deriving protection from their host. Magnification: x280 when printed 10 centimetres wide.
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