Taxobox | color = khaki
name = "Vorticella"

image_width = 200px
domain = Eukaryota
unranked_phylum = Alveolata
phylum = Ciliophora
classis = Oligohymenophorea
subclassis = Peritrichia
ordo = Sessilida
familia = Vorticellidae
genus = "Vorticella"
genus_authority = L. (1767)
subdivision_ranks = Species
subdivision = See text

"Vorticella" is a genus of protozoa, with over 100 known species. They are stalked inverted bell-shaped ciliates, placed among the peritrichs. Each cell has a separate stalk anchored onto the substrate, which contains a contracile fibril called a myoneme. When stimulated this shortens, causing the stalk to coil like a spring. "Vorticella" mainly live in freshwater ponds and streams - generally anywhere protists are plentiful.

Reproduction is by budding, where the cell undergoes longitudinal fission and only one daughter keeps the stalk. The free daughter becomes a telotroch, which swims until it finds suitable substrate to fix and develop its own stalk.

Other genera such as "Carchesium" resemble "Vorticella" but are branched or colonial.

Common species

* "Vorticella campanula"
* "Vorticella citrina"
* "Vorticella communis"
* "Vorticella convallaria"
* "Vorticella floridensis"
* "Vorticella limnetis"
* "Vorticella marina"
* "Vorticella microstoma"
* "Vorticella monilata"
* "Vorticella patellina"
* "Vorticella similis"
* "Vorticella smaragdina"
* "Vorticella sphaerica"
* "Vorticella striata"
* "Vorticella submicrostoma"
* "Vorticella utriculus"

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  • Vorticella — Vor ti*cel la, n.; pl. E. {Vorticellas}, L. {Vorticell[ae]}. [NL., dim. fr. L. vortex. See {Vortex}.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of ciliated Infusoria belonging to {Vorticella} and many other genera of the family {Vorticellid[ae]}.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • vorticella — [vôrt΄ə sel′ə] n. pl. vorticellae [vôr΄tə sel′ē] [ModL, dim. < L vortex: see VORTEX] any of a genus (Vorticella) of one celled ciliates living in water, with a bell shaped body on a thin, contractile stem serving as a holdfast …   English World dictionary

  • Vorticella — Vorticella, 1) so v.w. Schnellthierchen, vgl. Blumenthierchen 2); 2) so v.w. Encriniten u. Pentacriniten …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Vorticella — Vorticella, s. Infusorien …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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  • vorticella — /vawr teuh sel euh/, n., pl. vorticellae / sel ee/, vorticellas. any ciliated protozoan of the genus Vorticella, having a transparent, bell shaped body with a retractile stalk. [1780 90; < NL; see VORTEX, ELLA] * * * ▪ protist  genus of the… …   Universalium

  • vorticella — vor·ti·cèl·la s.f. TS zool. protozoo del genere Vorticella con corpo a forma di calice peduncolato, provvisto di ciglia disposte in modo da determinare movimenti a vortice | con iniz. maiusc., genere della famiglia dei Vorticellidi {{line}}… …   Dizionario italiano

  • vorticella — noun (plural vorticellae or cellas) Etymology: New Latin, from Latin vortic , vortex Date: 1787 any of a genus (Vorticella) of stalked bell shaped ciliates …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • vorticella — [ˌvɔ:tɪ sɛlə] noun Zoology a sedentary, single celled aquatic animal with a contractile stalk and a bell shaped body bearing a ring of cilia. [Genus Vorticella.] Origin C18: mod. L., dimin. of L. vortex, vortic eddy …   English new terms dictionary

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