MicrochlamysRalf Meisterfeld and Edward Mitchell
- Microchlamys patella
- Microchlamys sylvatica
Two species, type species: Microchlamys patella (Claparéde & Lachmann, 1859) Synonym: Pseudochlamys.
The test is clear, yellow to brown and finely areolated (~0.45 µm), chitinoid, flexible, folded, cell enclosed within a membranous sac which is fixed to the shell at intervals, lost in empty shells. The sac has a central pseudostome. Pseudopods: cylindroid, finely granular. Endoplasm: granular, cell moves inside the shell eruptively. One ovular nucleus. Crystals: 2 µm or less.
The preferred habitats are dry mosses but also Sphagnum and humus. Feeds on small microorganisms like bacteria, yeasts and algae.
Golemansky, V., Skarlato, S. O. & Todorov, M. T. 1987. A light- and electron-microscopical (SEM and TEM) study of Microchlamys sylvatica n.sp. (Rhizopoda: Arcellinida). Arch. Protistenk., 134:161-167.
Ogden, C. G. 1985. The flexible shell of the freshwater Amoeba Microchlamys patella (Claparède & Lachmann, 1859) (Rhizopoda: Arcellinida). Protistologica, 21:141-152.
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