6 of the Biggest Single-Celled Organisms

6 of the Biggest Single-Celled Organisms

When you picture a single cell, you probably imagine something super tiny that you had to look at through a microscope. But, there are some huge exceptions to this rule. And we really do mean huge.

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Sources:
Stentor coeruleus
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25202864/
https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-47701-8
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2016.12.057
https://doi.org/10.1016/S0003-9365(83)80036-0
Gromia sphaerica
https://doi.org/10.1016/S0967-0645(99)00100-9
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2008.10.028
https://doi.org/10.1186/s41200-019-0183-4
Spiculosiphon oceana
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26312358/
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marenvres.2018.02.015
Valonia ventricosa
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4684-1116-4_19
https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.1958.0011
https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.1937.0011
https://doi.org/10.1038/225760a0
https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.1932.0005
Acetabularia
https://doi.org/10.1016/S0074-7696(08)61042-6
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25964794/
https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev.arplant.49.1.173
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-46169-9_1
https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1432-0436.1979.tb01022.x
https://doi.org/10.1038/scientificamerican1166-118
Caulerpa
https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pgen.1004900
https://doi.org/10.2306/scienceasia1513-1874.2006.32(s1).057
https://doi.org/10.1086/702758
https://doi.org/10.2307/1311764
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26464789/

Image Sources:
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Stentor_coeruleus_1.JPG
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mikrofoto.de-Hydra_15.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Stentor_coeruleus_extended.jpg


https://ars.els-cdn.com/content/image/1-s2.0-S0960982208013973-gr3_lrg.jpg
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0960982208013973#fig1
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Spiculosiphon_oceana_AB.png
https://mbr.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s41200-019-0183-4/figures/5
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Spiculosiphon_oceana_SEM.png
seafloor
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ventricaria_ventricosa.JPG
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/37102959
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Acetabularia_acetabulum.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Acetabularia_sp.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Acetabularium_Expt_2.jpg
https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/bubble-algae-valonia-ventricosa-gm899112840-248096897
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Acetabularia_mediterranea_life.svg
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/41805018
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/19462286