Clathrella (clath-rell-a), tentative identification, amoeboid organism located within a thick layer of mucus with fine pseudopodia which seem stiff and apparently with granules. A bit like heliozoa and less like Nuclearia. Phase contrast. This image taken by Michele Bahr and David Patterson of material collected from the water column and the margins of Lake Toolik (Alaska, USA) in August, 2001. Image copyright: Michele Bahr and D. J. Patterson, used under license to MBL (micro*scope).
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Lake Toolik, Arctic Alaska
|Description of Clathrella: Medium sized (about 50 µm) amoeboid organism living in a tight fitting unstalked siliceous lorica from which branched and granulated pseudopodia arise. With one nucleus. Reported from a freshwater site in Northern Europe, consuming diatoms and other detritus. Type species. C. foreli. |