Pompholyxophrys punicea, 24 µm

Genus Pompholyxophrys Archer, 1869

Diagnosis: Medium-sized amoebae, typically with a spherical or near spherical body coated with numerous delicate and perforated siliceous perles; filopodia emerge through the layer of perles. Cells feed on algae and detritus and have been reported from freshwater habitats.

Literature: Page and Siemensma (1991); Patterson (1985); Rainer (1968), Roijackers and Siemensma, 1988.

Key to the species:

1Perles spherical2
Perles not spherical3
2Perles different in size, 1-6 µm, dried perles regular in outlineP. punicea
Perles of the same size, up to 1.2 µm; dried perles irregular in outlineP. exigua
3Perles long, bone-shaped or rod-shapedP. ossea
Perles otherwise shaped4
4Perles ovoid, not strongly compressedP. ovuligera
Perles strongly compressed, flattened or discoid5
5Perles flattened, in outline circular or ellipticalP. degrooti
Perles discoid, with slightly convex sides6
6Dried perles slightly torn, with a central hole; no pillars insideP. stammeri
Dried perles usually not deformed, sometimes with a small central hole; with pillarsP. stellata

Pompholyxophrys punicea

Pompholyxophrys punicea, with branched filopodium
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