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Authority

(Laackmann) Dons (1914: 61)

Class

Heterotrichea

Order

Heterotrichida

Family

Folliculinidae

Additional References

Kahl (1932: 473), Hadzi (1951: 156)

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Basionym

Folliculina melitta Laackmann (1910b: 80, figs 1–4, 11–15)

Synonyms

N/A

Description

Lorica 620–770 × 115–145 µm, standing upright, usually cylindrical, sometimes slightly curved, colourless; base occupying posterior third of lorica, with a central tube; neck containing a closing membrane; opening slightly everted. Trophont posteriorly with a long stalk. Macronucleus 1; micronuclei 2 or 3. Epizoic on hydroids.

Distribution

Indian sector of the Southern Ocean (Laackmann, 1910b).

Comments

The population of Folliculina melitta described by Dons (1911) from northern Norway probably belongs to Pedifolliculina arctica (Hadzi, 1951).

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