Mesodinium pulex   Claparede & Lachmann,  1858 (Ciliata)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Litostomatea

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Length: 20-50 ┬Ám

Small, anteriorly conical , posteriorly globose. Nematodesmata forked at the tip; these extend well beyond the cytopharynx. All cilia are long, including those extending radially, and they tend to embrace the body. Those extending forward are fimbriate. Dragesco(1960) shows additional short cilia on the posterior portion of the body.

Synonym (s)
Acarella siro Kent, 1880
Mesodinium pulex Carter, 1869
Mesodinium pulex Maupas, 1882

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Maharashtra, Mumbai (Lat: 18.98) (Long: 72.83) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Bhatia, BL (1936) The fauna of British India including Ceylon and Burma. Protozoa Taylor and Francis, LTD, Fleet Street, London 493 pp
  • Carey, PG (1992) Marine interstitial ciliates-An iilustrated key 334 PP Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Protist information server Available at -

Page last updated on:2012-02-06

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