Diaphoropodon mobile with the typical rods
Diaphoropodon mobile Archer 1869
Diagnosis: as for the genus.
Dimensions: in literature 25 -115 µm long, my observations: 29 - 178 µm long.
Ecology: freshwater, on waterplants, between sphagnum and in detritus, also in floating detritus. A common organism, often abundant, but hard to detect because of its resemblance with a piece of detritus.
Detail of the shell, Nu=nucleus
Cell with very extended filopodia
Empty test with many small quartz grains
Diaphoropodon mobile, test 110 µm large - Leitz 40X Phaco
Diaphoropodon mobile, test 110 µm large - Leitz 40X DIC T-Smith
Same specimen as above
Shell with characteristic rods
Diaphoropodon mobile, pyriform shape, 77 µm long - Tirol, Austria
Diaphoropodon mobile, with many rods, 9.7 µm long; test 98 µm long - Tirol, Austria
Small specimen, 29 µm
Pseudostome, small (l) and oval and arrowed (r)
This specimen tries to engulf a large oil droplet, probably immersion oil, and it shows how flexible its pseudostome (Ps) is. Pseudostome is nearly as wide as the shell diameter.