Thecacineta cothurnioides   (Collin,  1909) (Ciliata)
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Class: Phyllopharyngea

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Size: Lorica length 33-39 μm, width of lorica mouth 17-21 μm, stalk length 3-18 μm, macronucleus diameter 7-10 μm.

Cell body is not flattened laterally, entirely fill up the lorica and clamped to their bottom. Apical part of the body conical pared-down. About 15 tentacles placed at the upper body surface and just projected from lorica. Macronucleus spherical posterior located. Contractile vacuole small, single and placed closed under macronucleus. Lorica smooth. Stalk long, slightly curved, in the area of junction with lorica fitted with very small widening (physon).

Reproduction by vermigemmic budding.

Host: Tricoma sp (nematode)

Synonym (s)
Acineta cothurnioides Collin 1909
Lissacineta cothurnioides (Collin) 1909

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Maharashtra, Ratnagiri (Lat: 17.01) (Long: 73.25) INDIA (Record: 14/01/2006) (Depth: -14.5 mts)

Literature Source(s)
  • Dovgal, I; Chatterjee, T and Ingole, B. (2009) New Records of Thecacineta cothurnioides and Trematosoma rotunda (Ciliophora, Suctorea) as epibionts on nematodes from the Indian Ocean Protistology 6 (1) 19–23 Available at -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -

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