A group of ciliates comprising an order of the Holotrichia. The majority occur as commensals on marine crustaceans. Their life histories may become exceedingly complicated, and they appear to bear a direct relationship to the molting cycles of their hosts. Apostomes are particularly characterized by the presence of a unique rosette in the vicinity of an inconspicuous mouth opening and the possession of only a small number of ciliary rows wound around the body in a spiral fashion . Protozoa
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