Members of the kingdom Ciliophora are single-celled organisms commonly known as the ciliates. They all have cilia, sometimes a great many, over their surface, and many have more than one nucleus. There are several thousand species living in the sea and in freshwater, feeding mainly on bacteria.

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Actinobolina Being Vorax
Article with illustrations by Rosemarie Arbur on a specimen of Actobolina vorax behaving in a strange way.
Photographic observations by Jim Evarts of the fission and conjugation of these protozoans.
Photographic study of these ciliates by Jannette Hanna, including videos.
Article by Wim van Egmond on this stalked ciliate, with a pen and ink drawing.
Chlamydodon spp.
Photograph of this ciliated protozoan.
Ciliate Center
Images and notes on a number of species of ciliate.
The Ciliate Resource Archive
Provides a complete classification of the phylum Ciliophora down to genus level.
Article by Wim van Egmond introducing these organisms with many excellent photographs of various species.
Information and photographs from Microbewiki on these organisms, their description and significance, their genome, cell structure, metabolism and ecology.
Ciliophora (Ciliates)
Lists the families and genera included in this diverse group of single celled microbes.
Ciliophora: Protozoans that Move with Cilia
Illustrations and information on about twenty species of ciliate, with microscopic images of many of them.
Illustration and information on this ciliate.
Article by Rosemarie Arbur with a series of diagrams showing these protists exiting from a cyst.
Dessert for Dileptus
Illustrated article by Rosemarie Arbur on the behavior and feeding habits of this ciliate.
Didinium the Master Feeder.
Photographic study by Mike Dingley of this ciliate, Didinium nasutum, consuming a Paramecium larger than itself.
Dileptus at Dinnertime
Illustrated article by Rosemarie Arbur on the interactions of the two ciliates, Dileptus and Litonotus, which are both carnivores.
Dysteria spp.
Photograph and information on this ciliate.
Euplotes sp.
Several images.
Folliculina, a Marine Ciliate
Photographic study by Wim van Egmond of this tube-dwelling protozoan.
Image Gallery: Paramecium portfolio
Some black and white photographs of these organisms, including conjugation and fission, taken by Jim Evarts.
Introduction to the Ciliata
Photographs and information on these single celled organisms, their appearance in the fossil record, life history, ecology, systematics and morphology.
Lacrymaria olor: Tear of a Swan
Article by Professor Richard Howey on this freshwater protozoan.
Information on these organisms, often called slipper animalcules, their classification, with links to videos, images and many other sites on protists.
General biology of these organisms with photographs and video clips.
Photographs and information on these single-celled organisms.
A Preliminary Look at the Ciliates of Borehole 25
David Richman takes samples from a borehole in Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge and finds the high-salinity water rich in ciliates.
Protist Images: Ciliophora
Classifies ciliates and provides a large number of images of individual species. English and Japanese.
Ruminating on Some Secret Ciliates.
Photographic study by Dave Furness on the ciliates that spend their lives in the rumens of domestic cattle.
Photographic study by Howard Webb of these colonial ciliates.
Photographic study by Jean-Marie Cavanihac of these marine protists, with several animated sequences.
Zoothamnium niveum
Photographs and information on this colonial protist.
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