Paramecium is a unicellular microorganism
Paramecium (pair-ah-me-see-um; plural, Paramecia) is a unicellular (single-celled) living organism with a shape resembling a slipper. Paramecium is naturally found in aquatic habitats. You need a microscope to see the paramecia because they are only 50 to 300 µm (micrometers) in length.
Although paramecium is small and has only one cell, it can do everything that a living creature can do: Paramecium can swim, digest food, and reproduce. Paramecium’s cell contains several complex organelles performing specific functions to make its survival possible.
[In this figure] The anatomy of a Paramecium cell.
Each structure/organelle and its function will be explained in this article.
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