Name (genus) : Vorticella
Size : The ‘bell’ is up to 150 µm, with stalk up to 1 mm.
Where to find them : Attached to algae and plants etc.
Notes : Vorticella are one of the peritrich protozoa. Although solitary, they often occur in groups to form a tiny jelly-like mass just visible to the naked eye. Their stalks contract like a spring. Some similar types e.g. Epistylis (not contractile) and Carchesium(contractile) are true colonies with branching tree-like stalks.
Kingdom Protoctista, Phylum Ciliophora