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  • noun Plural form of ciliate.


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  • A beautiful example of this paradigm is a single cell organism called ciliate – the gene assembly process in ciliates has turned out to be a very elegant computational process which even uses one of the basic data structures of computer science: the linked lists!

    De Facto Intelligent Design in Biology

  • These in turn are eaten by a variety of protozoans such as ciliates, which are in turn eaten by copepods.

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  • He has a special interest in planktonic ciliates, especially tintinnids which display an amazing variety of forms.

    Contributor: John R. Dolan

  • Organisms that live within the interstitial spaces of sea ice include microfauna such as protists, and larger organisms such as ciliates, nematodes, rotatorians, turbellarians, and copepods.

    General description of the Arctic biota

  • This implies little transfer of carbon to herbivores and sediments because the grazers would be largely ciliates [3].

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  • Thus, the viruses which attack the autotrophic prokaryotes Synechococcus, the bacteria which absorb dissolved organic excreted by autotrophic protists such as diatoms and dinoflagellates, and the protists such as ciliates, radiolarians which feed on autotrophic protists are all consumers of primary production.

    Marine microbes

  • Usually in surface waters there are about a thousand per ml of small flagellates which feed on bacteria (both autotrophic and heterotrophic prokaryotes) and 1 or 2 ciliates, oligotrichs (Fig 2B) and tintinnids (Fig 2C) or heterotrophic dinoflagellates which feed on autotrophic protists.

    Marine microbes

  • However, throughout most of the seas, protist primary producers are small flagellates (2-10 micrometers) and fed upon by other protists, typically ciliates (Fig B, C).

    Marine microbes

  • A sensory structure has been identified in ciliates.


  • Structure in this group is fairly diverse but almost all species retain a few basic characters which helps to identify them as ciliates.



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