Predator or photosynthetic?

July 6, 2009 at 2:36 am (Uncategorized) (, , )

Hatena is a single-cell organism, swimming around in the water, using a little feeding apparatus to eat cells and organic material smaller than itself. At some point, it would feed on another unicellular algae, the Nephroselmis. After ingesting the algae, this mouth disappears. Instead, it is replaced by an eyespot from the algae. The Hatena then gets all its energy from the photosynthetic algae and swims towards the light so the algae gets more sun.

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