Paramecium cell moves using the tiny hair-like structures called cilia
Paramecium cell moves and collects food using the tiny hair-like structures called cilia. These cilia are in constant motion and help paramecium move around. Paramecium can swim as fast as four times its body length per second. Paramecium can also change its direction by beating the cilia in a reverse way.
[In this figure] The anatomy of a Paramecium cell.
[In this figure] Stroke pattern of cilia on a Paramecium.
The movement of cilia can be divided into Effective (forward) and Recovery (backward) stroke. Two kinds of strokes alternately repeat to propel the body of paramecium as we swim in the front crawl style.
This article covers
- The anatomy of paramecium
- How fast can a paramecium move?
- How does a paramecium eat?
- Does a paramecium make a poo?
- The specialized “Skin” of paramecium cell body
- What is inside the cell body of a paramecium?
- Paramecium is powered by a dual-core CPU – Macronucleus and Micronucleus
- Two kinds of vacuoles which are vital for paramecium