Dictyocysta mitra

Abandoned natural coat of armor
Dictyocysta mitra
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Some single-celled tintinnid ciliates build up a lorica, an protective armor against predators. Its composition is of organic material but of unknown chemical composition. Sample was collected by Tara Expeditions, recorded by Sebastien Colin and visualized by Stefan Günther & Gustavo de Medeiros at EMBL Heidelberg.