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Blepharisma is a genus of heterotrich ciliates (a type of protista) which contains many species. Its members are elongated and roughly egg-shaped, with a contractile vacuole without collecting channels. Typically, they are pigmented with some shade of red or pink. The anterior pole is pointed, the posterior pole is blunted. The body is noncontractile, but exact form may vary within one species and even within the same culture. Blepharisma reproduce by going through the 4 phases of Binary fission Blepharisma are covered in tiny hairlike parts called cilia, which allow them to move through water. They move more slowly through water with their cilia than vinegar eels.
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However, compared with Volvox, they move rather quickly.They are a rosy pink color and feed on bacteria.
Blepharisma's size can range from 150 to 300 micrometres.
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