Transmission electron micrograph of a whole mount of a siliceous perle from the surface of the filose amoeba. This was added to the site by D. J. Patterson. Image copyright: D. J. Patterson, image used under license to MBL (micro*scope).
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|Description of Pompholyxophrys punicea: Pompholyxophrys is a filose amoeba, with pseudopodia which resemble the axopodia of the heliozoea but lack the microtubles possessed by the latter. P. punicea is surrounded by a layer of spherical hollow siliceous elements, penetrated by characteristic hexagonal pores (seen by electron microscopy only). Members of the genus are predominantly algal feeders. Six species are known: all inhabit freshwater and are distributed world-wide. Variable in size, 15-65 microns, often orange. |