Diphylleia rotans (syn Aulacomonas submarina Skuja,1939) is a small flagellate of about 25 µm in length, with two apically inserted long flagella. Cell body with an anterior nucleus and a ventral groove and two posterior points. Freshwater free-living heterotrophic species that phagocytoses preys such as bacteria through the ventral groove. Two anterior flagella and a posterior indentation (phase contrast micrograph).
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|Description of Diphylleia rotans: Swimming flagellate, about 23 microns with two long apical and equal flagella inserting near the anterior end at the top of a ventral groove formed by the curving lateral margins of the cell. Phagotrophic. |