Binucleustrifolda Cilia

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Descended from B. tria, Binucleustrifolda cilia has adapted its ancestor’s method of escape into a far more efficient method of swimming. Using the long cilia lining the outside edge of the organism, it will slowly ‘flap’ its body and move through the water. Although this is a slower method, it is far less energy intensive than its ancestor’s quick movements and able to remain suspended in the water column. The cilia also help it feed by grabbing smaller organisms from the water and absorbing them for nutrients. B. cilia reproduces via division, where the parent organism will grow thicker and develop a second row of cilia. Eventually, the top and bottom halves will separate into two new individual B. cilia organisms.