Woodruffia metabolica: An Exception to the Rule of Desmodexy

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Science  05 Jul 1974:
Vol. 185, Issue 4145, pp. 57-59
DOI: 10.1126/science.185.4145.57


Woodruffia metabolica (Protozoa, Ciliophora) has a compound fiber on the left side of its ciliary rows composed of parallel, overlapping ribbons of kinetosome-based microtubules. No similar structure is found connecting the kinetosomes on the right side of the ciliary rows. This arrangement is in opposition to the rule of desmodexy.