Anthophysa vegetans is a colonial stramenopile, which lives in all shaped colonies at the end of irregular sometimes branching mucoid stalks that become brown with age. Common in sites with high organic loading. Common in Lake Donghu. Phase contrast optics. This image was obtained by Feng Weisong, Gu Xiwen, Yang Jun and Miao Wei (of the Institute of Hydrobiology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences) and David Patterson in the summer of 2002. Image copyright: D. J. Patterson, image used under license to MBL (micro*scope).
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Lake Donghu, China
|Description of Anthophysa vegetans: Cells are wide at the anterior and at one side of the anterior end is a site where food is taken in, and the two flagella (one longer one shorter) insert to the side of this. The posterior tip of the cell extendS into a fine protoplasmic filament of variable length and many cells are usually united at their bases into spherical or hemispherical colonies, and these may either be free-swimming or attached to the substrate by means of a stalk which is coloured brown and is often branched. The stalk nearest the cells is usually narrower and transparent, becoming thickened distally by the deposition of iron and manganese compounds; bacteria are embedded in it throughout its length and can be seen clearly close to the colony. |