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Blepharisma

BlepharismaBlepharisma is a genus of heterotrich ciliates (a type of protista) which contains many species. Its members are elongated and roughly egg-shaped, with a contractile vacuole without collecting channels. Typically, they are pigmented with some shade of red or pink. The anterior pole is bluntly pointed, the posterior pole is blunted. The body is noncontractile, but exact form may vary within one species and even within the same culture.
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Blepharisma - Class 12 $ 5.60
Blepharisma - Class 30 $ 6.20
Blepharisma - Class 60 $ 11.80
Blepharisma - Class 90 $ 16.50
Blepharisma - Class 120 $ 20.00
Blepharisma - Class 150 $ 24.00
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Euplotes

Euplotes

The Euplotes  belongs to the Phyllum Ciliophora.   They are from 80-200 um long.

Euplotes is an interesting ciliate with a transparent body.  It has large cilia that is tufted together to form cirri and a band-like macronucleus (the big backward "C" shown inside the body).

From the side, Euplotes is quite thin and can be seen using its cirri and  "walking" along objects.   Below, we see Euplores walking on the edge of an air bubble.

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Euplotes - Class 30 $ 5.60
Euplotes - Class 60 $ 11.80
Euplotes - Class 90 $ 16.50
Euplotes - Class 120 $ 20.00
Euplotes - Class 150 $ 24.00
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Paramecium Bursaria

Paramecium BursariaParamecium bursaria is a species of ciliate protozoan that has a mutualistic symbiotic relationship with green alga called Zoochlorella. The algae live inside the Paramecium in its cytoplasm and provide it with food, while the Paramecium provides the alga with movement and protection. P. bursaria is 80-150 μm long, with a wide oral groove, two contractile vacuoles, and a single micronucleus as well as a single macronucleus. P. bursaria is the only species of Paramecium that forms symbiotic relationships with algae, and are often used in biology classrooms as examples of protozoans, and as examples of symbiosis.
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Paramecium Bursaria - Class 12 $ 5.60
Paramecium Bursaria - Class 30 $ 6.20
Paramecium Bursaria - Class 60 $ 11.80
Paramecium Bursaria - Class 90 $ 16.50
Paramecium Bursaria - Class 120 $ 20.00
Paramecium Bursaria - Class 150 $ 24.00
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Paramecium Caudatum

Paramecium CaudatumParamecia abound in freshwater ponds throughout the world; one species lives in marine waters. They are easily cultivated in the laboratory by allowing vegetable matter to stand in water for a few days. The common species Paramecium caudatum is widely used in research.
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Paramecium Caudatum - Class 12 $ 5.60
Paramecium Caudatum - Class 30 $ 6.20
Paramecium Caudatum - Class 60 $ 11.80
Paramecium Caudatum - Class 90 $ 16.50
Paramecium Caudatum - Class 120 $ 20.00
Paramecium Caudatum - Class 150 $ 24.00
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Spirostomum

Spirostomum

The heterotrichs are a class of ciliates. They typically have a prominent adoral zone of membranelles circling the mouth, used in locomotion and feeding, and shorter cilia on the rest of the body. Many species are highly contractile, and are typically compressed or conical in form. These include some of the largest protozoa, such as Stentor and Spirostomum, as well as many brightly pigmented forms, such as certain Blepharisma.

A number of ultrastructural details characterize the group. The cilia on the body are in dikinetids, in which either the anterior one or both kinetosomes may be ciliated, and which are associated with fibers composed of overlapping postciliary microtubules, called postciliodesmata and found only in this group and the closely related Karyorelictea. A series of oral polykinetids, each containing two or three rows of kinetosomes, support the membranelles. These run from the left to the anterior of the mouth, and often spiral out of the oral cavity. The macronucleus is divided by external microtubules, whereas in the Karyorelictea it forms by differentiation of micronuclei, and in all other ciliates it is divided by internal microtubules.

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Spirostomum - Class 12 $ 5.60
Spirostomum - Class 30 $ 6.20
Spirostomum - Class 60 $ 11.80
Spirostomum - Class 90 $ 16.50
Spirostomum - Class 120 $ 20.00
Spirostomum - Class 150 $ 24.00
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Stalked Ciliates

Stalked CiliatesStalked ciliates belong to the Class Ciliophora and to the Subclass Peritrichia.  Peritrichs are characterized by having cilia at their apical pole (mouth) As the name implies, they have a stalk which they use to anchor or fix themselves to an object.
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Stalked Ciliates - Class 12 $ 5.60
Stalked Ciliates - Class 30 $ 6.20
Stalked Ciliates - Class 60 $ 11.80
Stalked Ciliates - Class 90 $ 16.50
Stalked Ciliates - Class 120 $ 20.00
Stalked Ciliates - Class 150 $ 24.00
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Stentor

StentorThe trumpet animalcule Stentor is one of the largest unicellular organisms. Most of the time it lives attached to a surface. With it's cell stretched Stentor feeds on bacteria and other small creatures using a crown of fused cilia (hairlike structures). But when disturbed it uses it's cilia to locomote. As an aid to reach a large size, sometimes two millimetres long, Stentor has within it's cell a string of many nuclei.
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Stentor - Class 12 $ 5.60
Stentor - Class 30 $ 6.20
Stentor - Class 60 $ 11.80
Stentor - Class 90 $ 16.50
Stentor - Class 120 $ 20.00
Stentor - Class 150 $ 24.00
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