Microzooplankton, terrible predators of the oceans: The movies!

The two previous videos show different species (Protoperidinium spp.) of dinflagellates pallium feeding on diatom chains. Similar to the seastars, the dinoflagellates evaginate a sort of “stomach ” to slowly digest the poor prey.

Heliozoan feeding movie
Tube feeding of a Lessardia sp.

This snake-like thing that you see swimming all over the place is a Gyrodinium dominans that has engulfed a diatom chain.

Phoraminiphera can look peaceful unicellular guys. However, they are voracious predators. The one on the movie is trying to eat two copepods at the same time!

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