Detail of the junction between the ribbed wall and the right side of the cytopharynx area. The ribbed wall is covered by alveoli and the ribs are produced by small narrow ridges similar to the larger ridges covering the whole cell body. Two arrays of microtubules are present in this zone, clumps of hexagonally packed bundles lying under the ridges and rows of microtubules that lie under the single cytopharyngeal membrane. There is some suggestion that these rows of microtubules may associate together to form the bundles. Tips of cilia in cross section give 4 views of how the tips of cilia end, the 9-doublet first become 9 singlets and then these are lost one by one leaving only the two central singlets at the tip of a cilium. Sections of the cytostomal cord are also present under the rib wall. This is the cord that wraps around the cytopharynx. TEM taken on 7/27/73 by R. Allen with Hitachi HU11A operating at 75kV. Neg. 23,000X. Bar = 0.2µm.
Standard glutaraldehyde fixation followed by osmium tetroxide, dehydrated in alcohol and embedded in an epoxy resin. Microtome sections prepared at approximately 75nm thickness. The negative was printed to paper and the image was scanned to Photoshop. This digitized image is available for qualitative analysis. There is a high resolution version of this image in the library (CIL:39157) which is available for quantitative analysis. Additional information available at (http://www5.pbrc.hawaii.edu/allen/).
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