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Prostomatea: Prorodontida: Colepidae

Coleps hirtus
Nitzsch, 1817

Coleps Genus: Body form barrel-shaped; with regularly arranged ectoplasmic plates; cytostome at anterior end, surrounded by slightly longer cilia; often spinous projection at or near posterior end; one or more long caudal cilia (Kudo, 1966).
Species: 40-65 μm long; 15-20 rows of platelets; three spines (Kudo, 1966). 60 μm long, only two (?) posterior spines (How to know the protozoa, 1979).

Coleps hirtus Nitzsch (or Coleps octospinus Noland 1925 ?), cell body 57 μm long, 18 μm wide, L/W=3.2, spines up to 6 μm long, x 640, Kannon-numa Forest Park (pond), Shimogo town, Fukushima Pref., Japan, July 10, 2005, collected by Eizaburo Tsukii, photo by Y. Tsukii
scale 31 μm scale 63 μm scale 94 μm; x 640
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