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Genus: Didinium


Didinium has a needle-like trichocyst which it uses to impale its victim (usually a Paramecium) then devour its prey whole.


Vernal pond in SW Pennsylvania.


You can best see the piercing trichocyst when the Didinium rotates and faces left near the final third of the video.

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Pennsylvania, USA

Spotted on Jun 1, 2015
Submitted on Jan 7, 2017

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