Monodinium balbiani (killer ciliate)

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Monodinium balbiani (killer ciliate)

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I have found this amazing ciliate in a pond; I here present live pictures and a silver impregnation version. Please excuse the quality of the pictures as I still have to learn how to use a DSLR.
This ciliate is a nasty killer; I will soon put some Paramecium in its presence and watch...
Monodinium balbiani (FABRE_DOMERGUE,1888)

It is close to Didinium altogh it has only one cilia row. It swims very fast and usually hunt other ciliates.
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Here are 2 Silver impregnation pictures please not the well stained Extrusomes and especially the "charged weapon", alias the mouth. The macronucleus is also quite massive
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Zeiss Axiophot, transmitted and Fluorescence
BK5000, Transmitted and CP
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Great images of a curious ciliate

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carlos.uruguay wrote:Great images of a curious ciliate
Thank you Carlos !(sorry for the dead body ;) )
Zeiss Axiophot, transmitted and Fluorescence
BK5000, Transmitted and CP
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Protos wrote:
carlos.uruguay wrote:Great images of a curious ciliate
Thank you Carlos !(sorry for the dead body ;) )
Ja ja ja No problem!
now I don't speak more of things forbidden

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Cool creature! I've never found one.
It Came from the Pond (Blog): http://www.itcamefromthepond.com/

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Bruce Taylor wrote:Cool creature! I've never found one.
Yes it's nice
I must say that I rarely find it as well. Much to my surprise I had TONs of them
but that was on Sunday I haven't checked since
I will try to feed them with Paramecium and maybe shoot it ;)
Zeiss Axiophot, transmitted and Fluorescence
BK5000, Transmitted and CP
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By the way Here comes Monodinium and Frontonia together in a predator-prey version
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Zeiss Axiophot, transmitted and Fluorescence
BK5000, Transmitted and CP
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Wow!
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