Paramecium caudatum

Paramecium caudatum

Common ciliated eucaryotic unicellular organisms widespread in freshwaters.



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  • contractile vacuole - It pumps excess water and waste materials out of the cell. In freshwater environments the concentration of solutes inside the cell is higher than outside the cell, therefore water flows from the environment into the cell by osmosis. The excess water needs to be removed by an energy-intensive process.
  • cytostome - Food (organic debris, bacteria) enter the cell through it.
  • cytopharynx - Food enters through the cytostome, then it is absorbed by endocytosis.
  • cilia - Their rhythmic, coordinated whipping motions provide mobility for the cell and direct food towards the cytostome.
  • micronucleus (generative) - It contains the cell's DNA, which is exchanged during sexual reproduction.
  • macronucleus (vegetative) - Controls the cell's vegetative functions.
  • digestive vacuole - Food is absorbed from the cytopharynx by endocytosis. Food granules are packed in membrane vacuoles, where they are digested.

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