AMOEBA CYSTS

AMOEBA: (syn. Rhizopods, Testaceans, Thecamoebae) Protozoans in the subclass Testacealobios of the Rhizopoda are characterized by shells or tests enclosing the protoplasm. The tests are 5 - 250 µm in size and are generally resistant to routine pollen extraction procedures. The organisms are abundant in mesic habitats ranging from damp soil to lakes. The tests are urn-shaped to flattened, with various sculpturing and ornamentation.
    Refrences:
  • Burbidge Susan M., and Claudia J. Schroder-Adams 1999.
    Thecamoebians in Lake Winnipeg: a tool for Holocene paleolimnology. J. Palim. Vol. 19. p. 309-328.
  • Ellison, R. L. 1995.
    Paleolimnological analysis of Ullswater using testate amoebae J. Palim. Vol. 13. p. 51-63.
  • Gray, J. 1988.
    Paleolimnology - aspects of freshwater paleoecology and biogeography. Elsevier reprint of Palaeo Palaeo Palaeo vol. 62 (no 1-4). 678 p.
  • Warner, B.G. 1990.
    Testate Amoeba, pp. 65 - 70 in: Warner, B.G. Methods in Quaternary Ecology. Geosciences Canada Reprint Series 5. 170 p.
    Links:
  • Martin Adler's Testaceans and other water animals
  • Microscopy-UK Richard Howey
  • U Berkeley Introduction to the Testaceafilosea

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