Wellheimia Pascher, 1917
Holotype species: Wellheimia pfeifferi Pascher
Original publication and holotype designation: Pascher, A. (1917). Flagellaten und Rhizopoden in ihrer gegenseitigen Beziehungen. Archiv für Protistenkunde 38: 1-87.
Taxonomic status: currently recognized as a distinct genus.
Most recent taxonomic treatment adopted: Kristiansen, J. & Preisig, H.R. (2001). Encyclopedia of Chrysophyte genera. Bibliotheca Phycologica 110: 1-260.
Description: Cells naked, more or less cylindrical, with a single emergent flagellum inserted centrally at the truncate anterior end, posterior end of the cell rounded. Protoplast with two chloroplasts and 1-2 contractile vacuoles. The main characteristic feature of this genus is a single axopodium which is retractile and apparently containing an axoneme. The axopodium originates laterally at the truncate anterior end, extending forwards at an oblique angle for up to the length of the cell or more. The extension seems to be influenced by chemotactic stimuli. Cells are able to ingest food in large quantities. Reproduction and stomatocysts unknown. Found in Czechia in polluted freshwater. Known only from the original description. This poorly known genus closely resembles Chromulina except for the axopodium which is somewhat reminiscent of the axopodial tentacles of pedinellids.
Information contributed by: H.R. Preisig. The most recent alteration to this page was made on 22 Aug 2016 by M.D. Guiry.
Comments: Kristiansen & Preisig (2001: 9) record this genus as alternately being a member of the family Ochromonadaceae Lemmerman 1899.
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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.
Created: 27 May 2002 by Elizabeth Moran
Verified by: 22 August 2016 by M.D. Guiry
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