Qty: Hundreds in 100 mL volume.
Paramecium are typical organisms of the class Ciliata, and are commonly found in fresh water in the presence of decaying vegetable matter. The surface of these organisms is covered by thousands of fine protoplasmic hairs called cilia. These allow the animals to move by beating with a co-ordinated rhythm.
Our Paramecium cultures contain two distinct types of micro-organisms:
- the relatively small and far more numerous protozoa Chilomonas
- the larger ciliated Paramecium, in which internal organelles are far more readily visible.
The Paramecium are 3-4 times the size of the Chilomonas, making it almost impossible to confuse the two. Chilomonas are essential members of the food chain and help break down macro particles which are then consumed by the Paramecium.