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Condylostoma—an Enemy of Bivalve Larvae

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Science  16 Jan 1959:
Vol. 129, Issue 3342, pp. 147
DOI: 10.1126/science.129.3342.147

Abstract

In laboratory cultures, where larvae of such bivalves as oysters and clams were kept together with large ciliates of the family Condylostomidae, the latter were seen ingesting the larvae. A single Condylostoma could contain as many as six larvae. Related species may destroy many bivalve larvae in nature.