j.english1 at lancaster.ac.uk
Fri Jul 20 11:00:53 EST 2001
> Does anyone know anything about pink flagellates? We have got one
> that we
> are trying to ID. It is from a water sample from a pond near London.
> There are high
> numbers of bacteria in the sample, this flagellate (which is
> the water pink) and a few rotifers.
> It appears to have no autofluorescence or chloroplast (under epi)
> but the outer surface is a pink colour. Apparently the pond it was
> taken from
> of garlic.
> We wondered if it was a cryptomonad like chilomonas - but cant find
> much about them being coloured.
> It is elongated/ ovoid with we think only 1 long flagellum. It is
> very symmetrical (sort of cigar shaped) and seems to be dividing
> bilaterally. It is approx. 20 - 100 microns in length. It is
> swimming very actively. Before we dapi stained (and could then see
> the flagellum) it appeared to be more of a cilliate type of
> movement because it was twisting.
> It appears to be packed with granules, but we cant see a nucleus
> when we
> stain it.
> I dont know whether anyone has seen anything like this? Any ideas
> would be
There are pictures on this web site
> Many thanks
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