On 16 Dec 1994, Dave Roberts wrote:
> > I am looking for information on the protzoa Blephora. My daughter's
> > high school biology class oberved the organism. Her teach commented
> > that there didn't seem to be much information on it. My daughter
> > checked the local library with no results. I told her I would try to
> > get something from internet. I'm looking for tracts, term papers or
> > news articles that conerns Blepharisma. The material could be intended
> > for either the students or the teacher. If anyone has anything that
> > would be useable please send it to my e-mail address. Anything up to
> > about 5,000 words would be welcome.
>> Blepharisma is a genus of spirotrich ciliates which characteristically
> are pink in colour. They also have a prominent set of membranelles
> which look rather like fluttering eyelashes, whence the name (blepharon
> is greek for eyelid). It is widely distributed and quite common, both
> in fresh and sea water.
>> In fact, there is a very large literature available on Blepharisma,
> although it may not be accessible to high school students. It is
> mostly in papers which are spread thoughout the literature and many
> of which are quite old. This is a very common problem to those wishing
> to work with the protists and who do not have access to a good library.
>> Try and get hold of this book:
>> Blepharisma: the biology of a light sensitive protozoan
> by Arthur C. Giese. Stanford University Press, 1973.
>> Almost any of the standard text books covering the ciliates should
> have somthing about Blepharisma.
>> Good luck, Dave.
> Dr D.McL. Roberts Tel: +44 (0)171 938 8790
> Dept. Zoology, Fax: +44 (0)171 938 9158
> The Natural History Museum,
> Cromwell Road, Internet: dmr at nhm.ac.uk> London SW7 5BD
> Great Britain
>Curds,Cr, M.A. Gates & D.McL. Roberts (1983) British and other freshwater
ciliated Protozoa. Part II. Cambridge Univ. Press has a paragraph of
text and a line-drawing, pp. 298-299, with some extra references.
More detail is given by Foissner, W., H. Berger & F. Kohmann (1992) in
Taxonomische und okologische Revision der Ciliaten des Saprobiensystems.
Bayerisches Landesamt fur Wasserwirtschaft - pp. 382-4 including
taxonomy, ecology, etc. If you want to follow this up, I could provide an
abbreviated translation by fax. My e-mail address is:
Shielr at mdfrc.canberra.edu.au
FAX: 61-60-431-626 (Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre,
Albury, New South Wales, Australia.