left you see a close up of the cilia. this was taken with a phase
contrast microscope. the phase contrast brings out the detail inside
the cell and allows us to see the cilia more clearly. It is possible
the cilia with a standard brightfield microscope at 400X.
Here we see a
"swarm" of Paramecia at a much lower power. Notice for
size reference the lower right corner of a cover slip.
If you ever see a
Paramecium that looks like this, keep an eye on it for the next five
minutes or so. It is about to split and become two!
The nuclei have migrated to
either ends and the center will get narrower and narrower until finally
the last thread of protoplasm connecting the two snaps and the two
smaller Paramecia then go on their merry ways.