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Description of Rhynchodia

Phyllopharyngeid ciliates, oral region not bounded by oral kinetal structures; oral apparatus a suctorial tube supported by radially arranged microtubular ribbons (= phyllae) enclosing toxic (?) extrusomes (acmocysts or haptotricho-cysts); homomerous macronucleus; predators of other ciliates or endosymbionts of bivalve molluscs and other marine invertebrates.

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