Protophrya indica     (Ciliata)
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Class: Oligohymenophorea

Pyriform body, distinctly flattened laterally with concave anterior half on the left side covered with dense cilia. The number of kineties range from 60-70. The peristome is naked and very narrow, starts from the mid region of the body. The cytostome is situated close to the posterior end. The macronucleus is oval, more or less round, lies somewhat at the anterior part of the body. The spherical micronucleus lies above the macronuleus. There is a single contractile vacuole situated beyond the posterior third of the body and is very adjacent to the cytostome.

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Economic Importance and Threats



• Andhra Pradesh, Waltair INDIA
• Goa, Dona Paula INDIA
• West Bengal, Sagar Island 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 -

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