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Flamella spec.

Flamella spec.

Diagnosis: General locomotive shape while moving is arcade or crescent; peripheral contours change continuously, especially during rapid locomotion, while lateral part expands most. Dimensions variable owing to rapid changes of shape during active locomotion. Ectoplasm thin, at the leading margin with many short, digiform subpseudopodia, up to 3.5 µm long; posterior edge often adheres to substrate with long trailing filaments during locomotion. Endoplasm clear, faintly granular, some light-refractile granules. Uninucleate; nucleus with indistinct outline and central nucleolus; nucleus usually located in the center of the cell. Several contractile vacuoles. Crystals very small. No cysts observed. Floating form irregularly with some distinct tapering pseudopodia.

Dimensions: Locomotive cells c. 50 to 74 µm wide and c. 35 µm long. Nucleus 6.7-9.5 µm in diameter, nucleolus 4.9-6.1 µm in diameter.

Ecology: freshwater, Crailoo, the Netherlands

Remarks: Observed specimens were covered with a thin layer of debris as is characteristic for Gocevia species. During observation of one specimen in a wet mount, it got rid of this covering, adopted a floating form and after some minutes started to move again, leaving its covering behind. In wet mounts I could also observe empty coverings.

Flamella spec.
Specimen with trailing filaments and several contractile vacuoles
Flamella spec.
Flamella spec.
Nucleus and specimen with some long trailing filaments Nucleus
Flamella spec.
Nucleus visible. Along the border between hyaloplasm and granuloplasm small particles of the covering are visible.
Flamella spec.
Floating form
Flamella spec.
Flamella spec.
These coverings were left behind. I could observe that an amoeba which was attached to the cover glass, got rid of its covering, adopted a floating form, sank to the object glass and started to move again. The photomicrograph to the right has been stacked.
Flamella spec.
Flamella spec.
With short trailing filaments. Visible are contractile vacuoles and xenosomes
Flamella spec.
Fully expanded and locomotive specimen; notice the several contractile vacuoles and the covering with small xenosomes
Flamella spec.
Visible are contractile vacuole, nucleus and covering with small xenosomes
Flamella spec.
Specimen with two relatively large xenosomes (arrowed)
Flamella spec.
Flamella spec.
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