Distance between mouthparts of dividing cells of wild type and conical form-mutant Tetrahymena thermophila (formerly T. pyriformis syngen 1) is directly proportional to cell size. This distance is related to cell length in both wild type and conical cells although the proportionality is different in each cell type. However, for both wild type and conical cells the distance between mouthparts is directly and similarly proportional to the product of cell length and cell width which is an estimate of cell size. Evidence has been obtained which suggests that the new mouthparts are positioned with reference to the anterior mouthparts rather than to either pole of the cell. Determination of the site of the new mouthparts is not related to the number of basal bodies between the two sets of mouthparts.

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