This image shows the more normal, elongated body of the Blepharisma. Also visible is the dark undulatory membrane on the upper right - this is the feature that produces the waves that allow locomotion, much in the same manner as the Paramecium. In bright sunlight the pink color disappears. In fact, under intense bright artificial light, the pink pigment will emit a poisonous toxin that causes the Blepharisma to completely disintegrate.
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