An interesting group of testate amoebae is the genus Difflugia. There have been described hundreds of species, but the question is: how many of them are true species? Most descriptions are inaccurate of just based on one single test. Probably this group consists of several genera. Only DNA sequencing can help here. One of my projects is to make a visual map of all known species. It’s one of the most difficult taxa to identify. 

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Lesquereusia bispiralis

L. bispiralis, after Thomas and Gauthier-Lièvre, 1959 Lesquereusia bispiralis Thomas et Gauthier-Lièvre, 1959 Diagnosis: Neck with two septa. The neck is not cylindrical or conical,

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Lesquereusia angulata

L. angulata, after Thomas and Gauthier-Lièvre, 1959 Lesquereusia angulata Awerintzew, 1906 Diagnosis: The neck is long and straight and does not taper towards the aperture;

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Lesquereusia globulosa

L. globulosa, after Thomas and Gauthier-Lièvre, 1959 Lesquereusia globulosa Thomas et Gauthier-Lièvre, 1959 Diagnosis: Main part of the test spherical, not compressed, with a large

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Lesquereusia parva

L. parva, after Thomas and Gauthier-Lièvre, 1959 Lesquereusia parva (Thomas et Gauthier-Lièvre, 1959) Diagnosis: This species was described as a variety of L. mimetica Penard

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