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A flagellate'method of locomotion

In this scene of many particles and various sizes of microbes, we can see a relatively large flagellate using an interesting method to get around. It attaches its long, trailing flagellum to an anchor (like a particle or container surface) from which it launches itself forward, pulls back, and propels itself in another direction.

Commentary by Prof. Yuji Tsukii, Hosei University
This organism is Anisonema, which belongs to the Euglenid group.

Sampling Date : 18 October 2009

Sampling Site : Hirose River A  Google Map

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