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Vampyrella reproducing. Time-lapse light microscopy footage of Vampyrella lateritia daughter trophozoites emerging from a digestive cyst (oval) during the reproductive stage of its life cycle. The cyst is near an empty strand of algae (tubular) that it ate and which it digested to fuel the reproductive cell division. Vampyrella is a unicellular micro-organism sometimes described as a 'vampire amoeba'. It attacks other microscopic organisms, such as algae, and penetrates their cell walls and extracts the contents. Vampyrella are found in aquatic freshwater environments, with other vampyrellid species found in soil and in the sea. The speed of this footage has been increased to ten times normal.
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