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A. spectabilis, drawing after Deflandre, 1928, photographed shell from the Diepveen, Netherlands.

Arcella spectabilis   (Deflandre, 1928) n. comb. *)
Arcella mitrata var. spectabilis Deflandre, 1928
Arcella mitrata pars Leidy, 1876

Diagnosis: Shell commonly slightly wider than high; surface with dimples, varying in number, and regularly arranged. In dorsal view with polygonal contour and slightly rounded corners and more or less concave sides. Aperture with crenulated edge with concentric circle due to the buccal tube. In lateral view, the dorsal surface shows the dimples in several shapes: either a basal row plus a sort of apical pyramid truncated or not or two superimposed basal rows plus an apical pyramid. Apertural side deeply invaginated with a long buccal tube.

Dimensions: Leidy (ex icon.): height 80-90 µm; diam. 86-91 µm; diam. of apertural side 65-74 µm; apertural diam. 25-29 µm; height of apertural tube 15-21 µm.

My measurements: Shell height 85-91 µm, diameter 91-98 µm.

Ecology: Freshwater; in wet Sphagnum. Rare. North America (1879), the Netherlands (2017, 2019)

Remarks: I have found this species for the first time in a peat bog, called Diepveen, the Netherlands, 2017, where I also found A. mitrata which was much larger (120-130 µm). Based on the description of Deflandre (1928) and my own observations I’m convinced that A. mitrata var. spectabilis is a separate species. Later on (2019), I also found this species in other peat bogs, the Ganzenpoel and the Davidsplassen, both not far from the Diepveen and all in the northern part of the Netherlands.

*) Note : A formal change is not required in this case according to the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature: (1) According to article 45.6.3, as the name was published before 1961 using the abbreviation var., it is deemed to be subspecific rather than infra-subspecific and therefore falls under rulings for species-group nominal taxa (Chapter 10). (2) According to article 46.1, names established at either species ranks (species or subspecies) are simultaneously established at the other rank, with same author and same type. Authority thus is unchanged.

A. spectabilis, after Deflandre, 1928
A. mitrata (l) and A. spectabilis (r), both from the same sample, Diepveen, Netherlands.
Arcella spectabilis
Arcella spectabilis
A. spectabilis, both c. 90 µm high, Dwingeloo, Diepveen
Arcella spectabilis
Arcella spectabilis
A. spectabilis, both c. 90 µm high, Dwingeloo, Diepveen
Arcella spectabilis
Arcella spectabilis
A. spectabilis, Height/Width: 91 X 89 µm (L) and 87 X 97 µm, Dwingeloo, Diepveen
Arcella spectabilis
Arcella spectabilis
A. spectabilis, notice the crenulated edge of the aperture (L).
Arcella spectabilis
Arcella spectabilis
A. spectabilis, from Davidsplassen (l) and Ganzenpoel (r), the Netherlands (2019).
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