the marine ciliat Laboea strobila

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Franz Neidl
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the marine ciliat Laboea strobila

Post by Franz Neidl »

When the sun is shining and the sea is calm I find currently many Laboea strobila ciliates on the watersurface (in the so called Neuston). In Internet I learnt that this ciliat is also photosynthesizing (mixotrophy) because it is retaining cloroplasts. These chloroplasts are called "kleptoplasts". With other words this ciliat is "stealing" (see the article in Wikipedia: ... rnal_links ).

Obj. 40x, DIC.
The protozoon was 120 µm long



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Post by RogelioMoreno »


Very nice specimen.


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