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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

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