Ciliates are a group of the protozoans distinguised by their hair-like protrusions, cilia, which are attached to the cell. All members of the group utilize cilia for various specialties; swimming, sensation, crawling, feeding, and attachment. Ciliates are very common wherever there is water; lakes, ponds, rivers, soil. Ciliates contain a multifarious amount of endosymbiotic members, however there are members that are opportunistic parasites.
General Life CycleEdit