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Quadrulella tropica
Quadrulella tropica, after Wailes, 1912

Quadrulella tropica  Wailes, 1912

Diagnosis: Test of medium size, hyaline, pyriform, compressed; composed of rectangular siliceous plates ; aperture dilated in broad view, with a shallow notch in narrow view.

Measurements: Length 74-93 µm; breadth 45-60 µm; aperture 20-30 µm; thickness 30-35 µm.

Ecology and distribution: Mosses. Borneo; Seychelles (Wailes, 1912). The species has also been reported by Hoogenraad (1940),  Jung (1942), Gauthier-Lièvre (1957), Golemansky (1962), Chardez (1967), Gracia (1963), Suxena (1979) and Dragesco (1980).

Remarks: Wailes (1912): “The arrangement of the plates forming the test is generally more regular near the fundus, where they are arranged diagonally, than near the aperture. In the outline of the test there is a close resemblance to A. militaris but the structure and general appearance are very similar to those of N. scutellata, a species to which it is undoubtedly closely allied. The moss in which this species was first found was collected at Sarawak, Borneo, by J. Brook.”
The specimen which I found resembles much the description and drawing of Q. tropica Wailes, 1912. I found it once in a sample from the Bert Bospad near Hilversum in the Netherlands, in a Sphagnum pool.

Quadrulella tropica
Quadrulella c.f. tropica, 81 um long
Quadrulella tropica
Quadrulella c.f. tropica, 81 um long
Quadrulella tropica
Quadrulella c.f. tropica, 81 um long
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