Frontonia with ingested rotifer( ? Lecane)

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jc maccagno
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Frontonia with ingested rotifer( ? Lecane)

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My sources indicate that Frontonia is primarily a cyanobacteria/diatom eater. one reference mentions the ingestion of small ciliates. These examples clearly show rotifer ingestion
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Wow... quite a meal for that creature. Nice shots!

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Nice find John. I have also seen them with diatoms inside.

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Good find!

Frontonia can eat just about anything. :D In some circumstances, they will even gobble up members of their own species ( http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1 ... 1758.x/pdf ). And yet, they can subsist on bacteria, when they must....a very versatile creature!

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Frontonia ingesting rotifer

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Thanks for the comments and the reference. I will follow up on this.

John

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