Holosticha (whole-o-stike-a) (tentative identification) is a hypotrich ciliate in which the cirri are distributed in rows on the ventral surface. It is one of a large number of stichotrichine genera, and the genera can only be properly distinguished by careful mapping of the the distribution of the cirri - an exercise which requires special preparation of the cell. Differential interference contrast. This picture was taken by David Patterson of material from Limulus-ridden sediments at Plum Island (Massachusetts USA) in spring and summer, 2001. Image copyright: D. J. Patterson, image used under license to MBL (micro*scope).
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Plum Island, Massachusetts coast, USA
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