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Unsuccessful conjugation

Two Strobilidium are connected to each other. Are they in the process of conjugation? In the top view, we cannot see a wall separating the organisms. From the side view, there is a transparent membrane structure that seems to connect the top of the two bodies. However, this conjugation fails because after 4 minutes, the cell walls of both organisms suddenly begin to collapse, and the cell contents spill out and scatter.

Commentary by Prof. Yuji Tsukii, Hosei University
These 2 Strobilidium-like cells began their conjugation smoothly enough, but unfortunately the rapid movement and collision caused tear in the cell membrane.

Sampling Date : 03 July 2009

Sampling Site : Hirose River B  Google Map

Conjugating ciliates attacked by Coleps

A pair of conjugating Oxytricha of different sizes are suddenly attacked by a Coleps. The smaller Oxitricha is bitten nearly in half, which causes the bonding pair to move their cilia intensively in a frantic effort to escape. Finally the pair separates, and the dwarf and the giant swim off in different directions.

Commentary by Prof. Yuji Tsukii, Hosei University
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Sampling Date : 20 October 2009

Sampling Site : Hirose River A  Google Map