Arcella conica
Arcella conica, 81 µm - stacked images

 

 

Arcella conica (Playfair, 1918)

Syn.: Arcella pyramidalis Van Oye, 1926

 

Diagnosis: shell hemispherical; dorsal surface with angular facets which are bordered by six or more prominent folds; aperture slightly invaginated, circular and bordered by a collar.

 

Dimensions: in literature diameter 68-100 µm; aperture 20-33 µm wide; my measurements: 49-98 µm.

 

Ecology: waterplants.

 

Remarks: Variation in this species appears to be restricted to the arrangement of the angular folds. Specimens can be confused with A. costata, which has a flat apex. Playfair compares the shell in side view with a marquee-tent.

 

Arcella conica
Arcella conica, 80 µm in diameter - stacked images
Arcella conica
Arcella conica
Arcella conica
Arcella conica, 90 µm, stacked image
Arcella conica
 
Arcella conica, Tirol, Austria
Arcella conica
Arcella conica, with long tapering pseudopods
Arcella pyramidalis
Arcella pyramidalis, after Van Oye, 1926