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The Epistylis  belongs to the Phyllum Ciliophora.   They are from 200-250 um long and colonies can reach up to 2mm long.  

They are a stalked ciliate which looks similar to the Vorticella and Carchesium.  They are different, however, in that the stalk does not have a myoneme which is the spring like contracting element.  The Epistylis therefore cannot contract like the Vorticella and Carchesium.

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