suctorian

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A suctorian consuming its prey.

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From Translingual Suctoria +‎ -an.

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suctorian (plural suctorians)

  1. A protist of the subclass Suctoria in the class Phyllopharyngea; a predatory sessile ciliate.
    • 2011, Terence Allen and Graham Cowling, The Cell: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford 2011, p. 11:
      If the tentacles are touched, the ‘prey’ is instantly paralysed, and the contents of its body are sucked down the tentacle into the body of the suctorian, reducing the prey to a shrivelled husk in a matter of minutes.

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