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Vorticella spp


Phyllum Ciliophora. Vorticella are such a fun species to find . They are single celled , cup shaped organisms that live on a stalk that is attached to other substrate. This group was attached to the exoskeleton of an aquatic bug of some sort. The cup on top of the cell is surrounded by cilia that are in constant motion creating a great current for the little beasts. They bounce up and down on the stalk as they feed and exist. There are over 100 species of Voticella.


freshwater species


my middle schoolers were learning about the Kingdoms of living organisms so its is always a great time to introduce microscope work. I used my cell phone to take the picture. Magnification was 100x

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CynthiaMHori 4 years ago

Why thanks!!!! I cant wait to tell the kids!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 4 years ago


DanielePralong 4 years ago

Congratulations Cynthia, we love seeing microscopic organisms and these fascinating protozoans are our Spotting of the Day!

"Something different today with these microscopic ciliate protozoans in the genus Vorticella as our Spotting of the Day! These single cell, cup-shaped organisms live on a stalk that is attached to substrates such as aquatic plants, surface scum or aquatic animals. They eat bacteria and small protozoans and are found in fresh or salt water. Vorticella was first described in the 17th century by Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, a Dutch pioneer in the fields of microscopy and microbiology".


Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 4 years ago

Wow thank you Cynthia. Fascinating.

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Spotted on May 2, 2017
Submitted on May 2, 2017

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