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Pyxidicula patens var.
Pyxidicula spec., Das Rotes Wasser, Germany

Pyxidicula spec.

Diagnosis: Shell a spherical dome where the height of the cap is longer than the radius of the sphere; wall double layered with alveoli in between. Dorsal part usually with some undulations. Shell clearly punctuated, colorless to yellow and brown. Aperture smaller than the diameter of the shell, surrounded by a somewhat broadened rim. Cytoplasm doesn’t fill the shell completely, nucleus spherical, with some scattered nucleoli.

Dimensions: My measurements: diameter 51-57 µm (n=10), height 39-42 µm, nucleus 19 µm (n=1).

Ecology: freshwater, in Sphagnum from Das Rotes Wasser, Germany. Not rare.

Pyxidicula spec.
Apertural view; left: detail of the shell wall
Pyxidicula spec.
Pyxidicula spec., lateral view
Pyxidicula spec.
Pyxidicula spec.
Pyxidicula spec., with very broad membrane like structure and in lateral view
Pyxidicula patens var.
Pyxidicula patens var.
Pyxidicula cf gibbosa, notice the double wall – 56 µm
Pyxidicula spec.
Pyxidicula spec., arrows indicate the nucleus.
Pyxidicula spec.
Specimen, dividing. The older (brown) shell is larger than the new shell. The aperture of the older cell is surrounded by a wrinkled membrane (a); the aperture of the younger cell is also surrounded by a membrane (b,c) but it isn’t clear to which cell this belongs.
Pyxidicula spec.
Pyxidicula spec.
Ferry Siemensma, created March 1, 2019; last modified March 11, 2021
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