Euplotes

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The Euplotes  belongs to the Phyllum Ciliophora.   They are from 80-200 um long.

Euplotes is an interesting ciliate with a transparent body.  It has large cilia that is tufted together to form cirri and a band-like macronucleus (the big backward "C" shown inside the body). 

From the side, Euplotes is quite thin and can be seen using its cirri and  "walking" along objects.   Below, we see Euplores walking on the edge of an air bubble.

Image captured at 200x magnification. Courtesy of Dr. George Sartiano.

 
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