Oxytricha trifallax

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Oxytricha trifallax
Oxytricha trifallax.jpg
Scientific classification
Domain: Eukaryota
(unranked): SAR
(unranked): Alveolata
Phylum: Ciliophora
Class: Spirotrichea
Subclass: Stichotrichia
Order: Sporadotrichida
Family: Oxytrichidae
Genus: Oxytricha
Species: O. trifallax
Binomial name
Oxytricha trifallax
Stein, 1859

Oxytricha trifallax is a ciliate species in the genus Oxytricha.

O. trifallax is notable for its ability to split its 16,000 chromosomes resulting in it having as many as 225,000 tiny strands of DNA.[1] For comparison, humans have 46 chromosomes, consisting of 23 pairs.