The first creature to be spotted this week is a paramesium.
This little guy is called a ciliate, because of the hair like follicles that surround the organism and allow it to move about. The green dots scattered about his body are chloroplasts that he has picked up along his way (McFarland 2013).
Next up is Vorticella.
This single celled organism is also a ciliate, though the only cilia it has are in a wreath around its mouth parts. These cilia function as feeders rather than in a transport capacity (Patterson 1996). The stalk extending from the main body anchors Vorticella but can also be detached when the organism wants to move about. Any disturbance to my microaquarium caused this little guy to collapse and essentially disappear! (McFarland 2013)
A very nice diagram of Vorticella from Free Living Freshwater Protozoa shows the position of the cilia and the stalk.
That picture looks a little like I spotted a UFO... Lets see if we can get a closer look...