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A ciliate from a paddy field

The sample was observed immediately after being collected from a paddy field.

The ciliate changes its flexible body to pass through obstacles. There are several large diatoms contained inside.

Commentary by Prof. Yuji Tsukii, Hosei University
This ciliate belongs to genus Frontonia.

Its large, slender body is nearly 400μm long. It is probably Frontonia leucas.

Sampling Date : 18 July 2006

Sampling Site : KASHIMADAI paddy field  Google Map

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