An interesting group of testate amoebae is the genus Difflugia. There have been described hundreds of species, but the question is: how many of them are true species? Most descriptions are inaccurate of just based on one single test. Probably this group consists of several genera. Only DNA sequencing can help here. One of my projects is to make a visual map of all known species. It’s one of the most difficult taxa to identify. 

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Difflugia: ovoid tests

Difflugia – group 1 Test < 60 µm. Test in cross section rounded. Test with rounded fundus. Pseudostome with smooth circular edge. Test not spherical

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Difflugia ampla

Difflugia ampla, after Rampi, 1950 (l) and Gauthier-Lièvre et Thomas, 1958 (r) Difflugia ampla Rampi, 1950 Diagnosis: Test broadly pyriform, with a wide and rounded

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Difflugia parva

Difflugia parva, from Gauthier-Lièvre et Thomas, 1958 Difflugia parva  (Thomas, 1954) Ogden, 1983 = Difflugia oblonga var. parva Thomas, 1954 Diagnosis: Test pyriform, tapering evenly from

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