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Turning around

A small ciliate with relatively long cilia and cirri is randomly bouncing around between particles. When viewed from above, it appears round, but from the side it looks like a turtle.


Commentary by Prof. Yuji Tsukii, Hosei University
This organism is Aspidisca. Vertical lines along the back of the body suggest that it is Aspidisca cicada (former name: A. costata). It can be found in many kinds of soil.

http://protist.i.hosei.ac.jp/PDB/Im.....

Sampling Date : 02 July 2009

Sampling Site : Hirose River A  Google Map

Microbes among particles

First we see a small ciliate, Aspidisca, passing through a space surrounded by particles. Then a large slender ciliate appears and begins to look for food. We can see a small ciliate in the process of division beside one of the particles.


Commentary by Prof. Yuji Tsukii, Hosei University
The organism approaching from the lower right may be Aspidisca cicada (previously called Aspidisca costata).

http://protist.i.hosei.ac.jp/PDB/Im.....

The dividing cell hiding itself behind a black particle is Cinetochilum margaritaceum.

http://protist.i.hosei.ac.jp/PDB/Im.....

After Aspidisca disappears, Uroleptus appears from the lower rightside.

http://protist.i.hosei.ac.jp/PDB/Im.....

Sampling Date : 18 October 2009

Sampling Site : Hirose River A  Google Map