(fwd) Vorticella-like sp. associated with a polychaete

Geoff Read gread at actrix.gen.nz
Tue Sep 17 16:56:46 EST 1996


Forwarded from Usenet. I've seen similar things on Boccardia. Perhaps
someone on the list knows a little more about them. -- GBR

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Subject: Vorticella-like sp. associated with a polychaete 
From: jwil4024 at URIACC.URI.EDU (jason) 
Date: 13 Sep 1996 16:31:13 -0700 
Organization: BIOSCI International Newsgroups for Molecular Biology 
Newsgroups: bionet.protista 

Dear protistologists,

I have found a stalked ciliate associatied with a polychaete (Polydora sp.)
from a marine intertidal area in Rhode Island.  The ciliate appears to be
solitary and the contractile stalk of each specimen is attached to the
hooded hooks of the worm.  The worm has approximately 50 ciliates attached
along the posterior segments.  I believe the ciliate is from the Family
Vorticellidae, but I am not familiar with protists since I work with
polychaetes.   Could someone help me identify this creature?  I have a
videotape of the Vorticella-like sp. recorded while they were alive which I
could send along with a preserved specimen.

Thanks,

Jason Williams

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