Genus Elaeorhanis Greeff, 1873
Synonym: Lithosphaerella Frenzel, 1897; Estrella Frenzel, 1897.
Diagnosis: Heliozoon-like amoebae surrounded by a mucus sheath, which includes also sand grains and diatom
shells. Filopodia often branching. Nucleus vesicular.
Elaeorhanis cincta Greeff, 1873
Diagnosis: Cell body 14-17 (26) µm in diameter, surrounded by mucus sheath about a half as thick as the diameter of the body. One or several contractile vacuoles. Pennate diatom frustules in the mucus sheath.
Ecology: Cosmopolitan in fresh waters.
Remarks: I don’t agree with Mikrjukov (1999) who sees no relationship between Diplophrys archeri and this amoeboid. I’ve seen many specimens of Diplophrys archeri with and without covering, all in the same sample and in the same wet mount. In my opinion Elaeorhanis is a Diplophrys.