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Microchlamys
M. patella, with single lobopodium

Microchlamys patella (Claparède & Lachmann, 1859) Cockerell, 1911

Diagnosis: Test clear, yellow to brown, dish-shaped, flexible. Test finely areolated, chitinoid, flexible and folded at the ventral side. Cell enclosed within a membranous sac which is fixed to the shell at intervals, but lost in empty shells. This membrane closes the shell from the ventral side and forms an aperture for the lobopodia. One vesicular nucleus, small crystals present.

Dimensions: 36-55 µm

Remarks: It is not certain whether the photomicrographs on this page show Microchlamys patella or a Spumochlamys-species. The photograph below shows a granulated pattern in the shell wall. This could be a Microchlamys.

Microchlamys patella
Microchlamys patella, surface structure.
Microchlamys patella
Pseudochlamys is a synonym for Microchlamys. Shell in cross section.
Microchlamys patella
Notice the folds in the ventral membrane – Laegieskamp, The Netherlands
Microchlamys patella
Microchlamys
Nucleus (arrow) and nucleus with double nucleolus (right)
Microchlamys
Microchlamys
Both cells from a small pond in Gooilust, the Netherlands
Microchlamys patella
Microchlamys patella
Older membrane, 46 µm in diameter
Microchlamys patella - Ferry Siemensma
Microchlamys patella, somewhat folded, in dry moss on a roof
Microchlamys
Microchlamys patella, 36 µm
Microchlamys
Microchlamys
Microchlamys
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