Distigma Ehrenberg, 1831

Lectotype species: Distigma proteus Ehrenberg

Original publication: Ehrenberg, C.G. (1831). Animalia evertebrata exclusis insectis Series Prima cum tabularum decase prima. In: Symbolae physicae. (Hemprich, P.C. & Ehrenberg, C.G. Eds), pp. [1-71]. Berolini [Berlin]: ex officina academica.

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Type designated in: Klebs, G.A. (1892). Flagellatenstudien. Theil II. Zeitschrift für wissenschaftliche Zoologie 55(3): 352-445, plates 17-18.

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Description: Spindle-shaped, unflattened, colorless, osmotrophic, free-swimming cells with 2 emergent flagella, one less than half the length of the other and directed laterally during swimming with a cilium-like beat, the longer directed anteriorly. In the type species the long flagellum lashes about wildly, with waves travelling from base to tip; the cell is very plastic, with violent euglenoid movement even when swimming (a rare feature), and variable in size from 40-120 _ 5-20 _m. Also in the type there are 2 or 3 very large Golgi bodies, which can clearly been in the living cell, as can mitochondrial threads in the anterior half and paramylon ovals around the posteriorly-placed nucleus. There is no eyespot or flagellar swelling so the "two eyes" seen by Ehrenberg in 1829 to give the name Distigma are a mystery, unless he saw 2 large Golgi bodies. Cosmopolitan genus, the type species common, characteristic of acidic freshwater habitats such as bogs.

Information contributed by: G.F. Leedale. The most recent alteration to this page was made on 2021-11-04 by M.D. Guiry.

Taxonomic status: This name is of an entity that is currently accepted taxonomically.

Gender: This genus name is currently treated as neuter.

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Descriptions of chrysophyte genera were subsequently published in J. Kristiansen & H.R. Preisig (eds.). 2001. Encyclopedia of Chrysophyte Genera. Bibliotheca Phycologica 110: 1-260.

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