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What is Microworld?

Microworld offers an introduction to the fascinating world of amoeboid organisms. Here you can find a series of my observations, recorded in both drawings and more than 9.700 photomicrographs and videos. It is also a database in progress, with descriptions of over 1900 species, and more information will be added on a continuing basis. Although we live in a time of extraordinary advances in the biological sciences, we still do not know much about free-living amoebae in the field. When you start studying amoebae, their world might look quite clear and they seem easy to identify. However, the more you see and learn, the more you will doubt, because many older descriptions of species are vague, incomplete or inadequate. The menu structure reflects modern taxonomy, though this is not an easy approach for a beginner. You will also find keys, both dichotomous and visualized, to help with the identification. Please feel free to contact me if you have comments or questions.

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Cite Microworld as: Siemensma, F. J., Microworld, world of amoeboid organisms. World-wide electronic publication, Kortenhoef, the Netherlands. Searched on January 24, 2022.

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Centropyxis tropica

C. tropica, after Deflandre, 1929 Centropyxis tropica  Deflandre, 1929 Basionym: Centropyxis aculeata var. tropica Deflandre, 1929 Diagnosis: As for C. aculeata, but with much longer

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Centropyxis nauwercki

Centropyxis nauwercki, after Schönborn, 1975 Centropyxis nauwercki  Schönborn, 1975 Diagnosis: Shell divided by a ring groove into a highly convex, balloon-shaped fundus part and a

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Centropyxis pontifera

Centropyxis pontifera, after Bartos, 1963 Centropyxis pontifera  Bartos, 1963 Diagnosis: Test large, broadly oval, formed of a thick, solid, brownish-yellow organic matter. Test with many

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Centropyxis pyriformis

Centropyxis pyriformis, after Van Oye, 1958 Centropyxis pyriformis  Van Oye, 1958 Diagnosis: This species is distinguished from C. aculeata by its narrowed shape towards the

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Centropyxis dentistoma

Centropyxis dentistoma, after Decloitre, 1949 Centropyxis dentistoma  Decloitre, 1949 Basionym: Centropyxis aculeata var. dentistoma Decloitre, 1949 Diagnosis: Pseudostome lobed, with 4 to 7 sharp teeth,

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Centropyxis compressa

Centropyxis compressa, after Van Oye, 1948 Centropyxis compressa  Van Oye, 1948 Diagnosis: Test a little elongated and very flattened regularly, like that of Arcella discoides;

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Centropyxis lata

Centropyxis lata, after Jung, 1942 Centropyxis lata  Jung, 1942 Diagnosis: Shell coarse-scaled, covered with a mix of diatoms and detritus; pseudostome large, ventral side mostly

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Centropyxis aurita

Centropyxis aurita, after Laminger, 1973 Centropyxis aurita  Laminger, 1973 Diagnosis: In ventral view, the shell is more or less broadly ovoid in outline. Quite straight truncated

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Centropyxis grelli

Centropyxis grelli, after Laminger, 1973 Centropyxis grelli  Laminger, 1973 Diagnosis: Shell covered with relatively large mineral particles. The pseudostome outline is formed by two convex arches.

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Centropyxis adami

Centropyxis adami, after Laminger, 1971 Centropyxis adami  Laminger, 1971 Diagnosis: In ventral view, the outline of the shell is more or less elliptical, in side

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