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Litostomatea: Haptoria: Pleurostomatida: Amphileptidae

Loxophyllum helus
(Stokes, 1884) Kahl, 1931

Family: Oral area subapical, ovoid, flattened, along ventral margin of laterally compressed body; both side ciliated (Illustrated Guide, 1985).
Genus: Ventral side with a hyaline border, reaching posterior end and bearing trichocysts; dorsal side with either similar trichocyst-border or with trichocyst-warts (Kudo, 1966).

Species: a very common species; elongate; 160 μm long; with a neck region and rounded tail; highly contractile; two ovoid macronuclei; a single contractile vacuole (Carey, 1992).

Loxophyllum helus, cell body μm long, μm wide, x 400, x 640, Japan, 1998 by Y. Tsukii

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