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Description of Heterotrichea

Postciliodesmatophoran ciliates, body form varies from compressed to conical, often elongate and contractile; somatic kineties, when present, as dikinetids, with overlapping postciliary microtubular ribbons; left serial oral polykinetids conspicuous, extending anteriorly to almost encircle anterior end; macronucleus divided by extra-macronuclear microtubules; some species are temporarily or permanently sessile.


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