Fenchelia sagarica     (Ciliata)
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Class: Oligohymenophorea

Size: Length 39.1 - 51.0 µm; Width 22.1 - 37.4 µm.

Body is dorsoventrally flattened, ovoid or pear-shaped with a little but distinct protrusion on the posterior body pole. Macronucleus with varied shape and dimension is always situated at the anterior half of the body. The micronucleus is spherical or oval in shape and measures approximately 3.4 - 5.1 µm in diameter. Large number of dark-stained granules are found scattered in the cytoplasm. A large contractile vacuole measuring 25.5 - 42.5 µm diameter, is located posteriorly adjacent to the cytostome. The length of peristome varies from 25.5 - 42.5 µm and the cytostome measures average 7.54 µm in diameter. The infraciliary structure consists of 30-32 somatic kineties of which 16-17 on the left and 14-15 on the right side.

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Economic Importance and Threats



• West Bengal, Sagar Island INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Kakinada Bay INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Jamadar, YA and Choudhury, A (1990) Ciliates of some marine and estuarine molluscs from Indian coastal region Technical Monograph ZSI, Calcutta 12 p 79 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org

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