D. pallida, migration strand- from Wylezich et al. 2014



Dracomyxa pallida Wylezich, Kaufmann, Marcuse et Hülsmann, 2014


Diagnosis: With the characters of the genus. Large foraminifer with ephemeral and inconspicuous, but resilient and membranous tectum and two or several pseudostomes from where large reticulopodia radiate. Reticulated appearance with one bipolar axis, sometimes multipolar. Life cycle comprising small testacean-like cells, large plasmodia up to 22 mm in length, and stalked cysts ranging between ca. 60 and 25 µm in diameter and formed as single units at anterior end of migration strands. Well-rounded ovoid and larger cysts with diameters up to 400 µm built inside tectum.


Ecology: submersed leafs of the common reed Phragmites australis and other water plants in Germany. Dracomyxa was generally found in flooded clay or gravel pits.


D. pallida: 1: small Lieberkühnia-like cells, 2: growing plasmodium,  3: small vermiform  plasmodium, 4:  large netlike plasmodium, 5: plasmodia during and after migration, 6: stalked solitary cysts and aggregated stalkless cysts within tectum. - from Wylezich et al. 2014


D. pallida, young individual - from Wylezich et al. 2014