Plate 3 Ernst Haeckel, Adolf Giltsch

Stentor. / Ciliata. Wimperlinge.

Lithograph by Ernst Haeckel and Adolf Giltsch

Plate 3 from Kunstformen der Natur.
Ciliata: Complex single-celled organisms with a short hairlike surface. Hence the name that comes from the Latin word Cilia which means eyelash. 

The body of Ciliata or Ciliata infusoria consists of one simple cell that is completely or partially covered with flexible Ciliae. These Ciliae are used for locomotion (swimming and trailing) as well as groping and swirling in the later; with the help of this movement the cell body is supplied with nutrition and oxygen. Most Ciliata swim freely in water (fig. 1-6); others are temporarily attached (fig. 7, 8); some are permanently fixed (fig. 9-15). Among the latter many bud and thus form brachiate cell unions (Coenobia, fig. 11-15).

Translation of the original German introduction by Ernst Haeckel:

Phylum of Protista; - class of Infusoria; - subclass of Ciliata.

Translation by VR Translators Bangalore

This is one of the 100 pop science biology illustrations that were published from 1899 – 1904 in Leipzig by Ernst Haeckel through Verlag des Bibliographischen Instituts.

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