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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Difflugia key bag-shaped

Tests that are bag or thumb-shaped Tests that are bag, finger or thumb-shaped.This group has no taxonomic significance. D. polliciformis D. lemani D. pecac D.

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Difflugia polliciformis

Difflugia polliciformis, after Van Oye, 1952 Difflugia polliciformis  Van Oye, 1958 Diagnosis: Test more or less thumb-shaped, without clear neck, chitinoid, mainly covered with very

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Difflugia australis

D. australis after Playfair, 1917 Difflugia australis (Playfair, 1917) Gauthier-Lièvre et Thomas, 1958 Syn.: Difflugia bacillariarum var. australis Playfair 1917 Diagnosis: Test broadly ovate, with

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Difflugia baradlana

D. baradlana after Varga, 1963 Difflugia baradlana Varga, 1963 Diagnosis: Test ovoid with a very small neck which is about 1/4 of the test length.

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Difflugia angelica

D. angelica after Gauthier-Lièvre et Thomas, 1960 Difflugia angelica Gauthier-Lièvre et Thomas, 1960 Diagnosis: Test spherical, slightly mammillated. Pseudostome regularly lobed like a star with

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Difflugia algaephila

D. algaephila after Decloitre, 1977 (l) and Chardez (1980) Difflugia algaephila Decloitre, 1977 Diagnosis: Test ovoid, neatly pointed, with oblique round pseudostome. Dimensions: Length 73-75

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