Microchlamys, a shelled amoeba in which the lorica is thin, organic and flexible. In this image the lorica is folded. The lorica seems to be transparent when first formed, with age it becomes brown. From Lake Donghu, China. Phase contrast micrograph. 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 Microchlamys: Test: clear, yellow to brown, 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 vesicular nucleus. Crystals: 2 µm or less. Feeding: herbivore. Habitat: sphagnum mosses. freshwater, soil. Type species: Microchlamys patella. |