Limnofila anglica
Limnofila anglica, peat bog, Austria

 

 

Limnofila anglica Bass and Cavalier-Smith, 2009

 

Diagnosis: Cells roughly ovoid to circular, usually with a slightly angular outline, 6-10 branching filopodia of varying lengths (2-8 times cell diameter) emerge from the cell body, sometimes but not always at radially regular intervals and extend along the substrate. Filopodia carry large granules, evenly spaced at intervals usually less than cell diameter; no anastomosis. Cell and filopodia in contact with substrate. Cells immotile and solitary; no flagellate stage or cysts seen. Bacterivorous.

 

Dimensions: cells 5-7 µm in diameter.

 

Ecology: I found this species in moist chamber preparations from peat bog samples in The Netherlands and Austria. It seems a common species, but easily overlooked by its size. I only could detect them with a 40X or 100X phase contrast objective. It was first described from England, hence its name.

 

Limnofila anglica
Limnofila anglica, Crailoo
Limnofila anglica
Limnofila anglica, Den Treek
Limnofila spec.
Limnofila cf. anglica., 3.8 µm, peat bog
Limnofila spec.
Limnofila anglica, 5 µm; note the branched filopodia.