toxicyst

toxicyst

[′täk·sə‚sist]
(invertebrate zoology)
A type of trichocyst in Protozoa which may, upon contact, induce paralysis or lysis of the prey.
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1992), or a discharging toxicyst from the ciliate Loxophyllum (Hausmann, 1978).
Nematocysts and toxicysts are used to secure and immobilize prey (Wesenberg and Antipa, 1970), but the role of trichocysts has long been a puzzle (Mast, 1906; Haacke-Bell et at.