Reticulomyxa filosa, young plasmodium - after Nauss, 1949



Family Reticulomyxidae Page, 1987, emend. Hülsmann, 2014


Diagnosis: Large plasmodia with hundreds or thousands of small nuclei involved in bidirectional streaming. Obligatory alternation of sessile and motile stages. Locomotion by migration via one or several giant pseudopodia with pre-dominantly unidirectional centrifugal streaming of protoplasm. Cyst formation. Tectum as (protective) covering. Occasional formation of protoplasmic propagules (blisters, blebs) from pseudopodia and central areas. Omnivorous or predatory. Occurring in freshwater habitats.
Type genus: Reticulomyxa Nauss, 1949. The family also includes the genera Wobo Hülsmann, 1986, 2006, Haplomyxa Dellinger, 2014 and Dracomyxa Hülsmann, 2014.


Ecology: Freshwater habitats


Reticulomyxa filosa
Reticulomyxa filosa on liverwort - Photomicrograph Yana Eglit