Microchlamys patella

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Microchlamys patella

Post by Ecki »

I would like to introduce yet another amoeba :smt031 This is a Microchlamyiidae (Ogden, 1985) species. Microchlamyiidae is parallel to Arcellidae (Ehrenberg 1843) and has flexible tests.

63x, DIC


63x, nucleus and CV

The genus Microchlamys (aka Pseudochlamys) has two species: the type species Microchlamys patella (Claparéde & Lachmann, 1859) and Microchlamys sylvatica (Golemansky, Skarlato & Todorov, 1987). M. patella has a diameter of approximately 40 µm and M. sylvatica 140 µm.

The test is areolated (0.45-0.60 µm) and made of Chitin. Young specimen are almost colorless, older Microchlamys are brown (like Arcella). The plasma body is surrounded by a sac with a ventral pseudostome. Image 2 shows both the test as well as the sac.

Microchlamys has a single, central nucleus (image 3).

There is a similar family Spumochlamys (Kudryavtsev & Hausmann, 2007) where the sac is only ventral and the dorsal side of the amoeba is directly attached to the test. The type species was found in a salty lake in Russia. I think my amoeba is Microchlamys patella, but it could be as well Spumochlamys iliensis (Kudryavtsev & Hausmann, 2007). It remains unclear whether the absence of the dorsal part of the sac can be recognized with a light microscope.

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