Animal Pavillion

Rumen protist

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Kingdom: Protist
Scientific Name: Protista
Image Courtesy of: Yokoyama, Mel; Cobos, Mario A.
Image Width: 17 µm
Image Technology: SEM

This is a protist found in the rumen. This protist moves around the rumen to find tasty bits of food to eat. It moves by the little rope-like whips that wiggle around (undulate). These undulating ropes are called "undulipodia." These unulipodia are similar in function (analogous) to the flagella of bacteria.