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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.
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