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Spirotrichea: Heterotrichia: Blepharismidae: Blepharisma

Blepharisma lateritium
(Ehrenberg, 1831) Kahl, 1932

Blepharisma lateritium Genus: Elongate, ovoid; anterior apex often curves over the peristome; non contractile (Carey, 1992). In front of cytostome a two-layered undulating membrane on right edge; contractile vacuole and cytopyge terminal; rose-colored; many species (Kudo, 1966).
Species: 60-200 μm long; 38-50 μm wide; cell body pointed anteriorly, rounded posteriorly, usually colored pale pink, but sometimes colorless; undulating membrane short, narrow; peristome extending half the body length; macronucleus ovoid; five or six micronuclei; contractile vacuole large (Giese, 1973).

Blepharisma lateritium or B. seculum ?, cell body μm long, μm wide, x 640, Kawafuji, Yoshikawa city, Saitama Pref., Japan, March 2003 by Y. Tsukii
scale 50 μm scale 100 μm scale 150 μm; x 400 : scale 31 μm scale 63 μm scale 94 μm; x 640
Blepharisma Blepharisma

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