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Hoogenraadia cryptostoma
H. cryptostoma – from Gauthier-Lièvre & Thomas, 1958

Hoogenraadia cryptostoma Gauthier-Lièvre & Thomas, 1958

Diagnosis: Test ovoid elongated; compared to the length, the width is greater which gives the whole a massive and heavy look. The pseudostome is surmounted by a visor that covers it while being rolled up on itself. The pseudostome, which is terminal and circular or nearly so, is concealed by this visor which is only the extension, on one side, of the sides of the test. The test seen in profile, according to whether it is examined in a right or left position, takes the form of the number 6. In front view the visor completely hides the aperture, in side view its free edge draws, near the pseudostome, a sinuous line that is reminiscent of the lip in Bullinularia. The test is chitinoid, brownish yellow, covered with well-fixed platelets, larger on the body, never overflowing as it is observed at Centropyxis and Cyclopyxis.

Dimensions: Length = 130-140 μm; width = 105-110 μm thickness = 85-90 μm.

Ecology: Africa: Middle Congo, river.

Remarks: This species differs from H. africana, of which it is very near, by superior dimensions; Another special feature is the shape and layout of the visor

This species was found in a station rich in individuals of H. africana, mixed with them. These forms are particularly interesting because both species show a more and more advanced cryptostomy, a character which, until now, has been found only in testate amoebae strictly living in soil (Gauthier-Lièvre and Thomas, 1958).

Hoogenraadia cryptostoma
H. cryptostoma – from Green, 1996 (left), and Velho et al., 1996
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