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Nassophorea: Nassulida: Nassulina: Nassulidae

Nassula terminalis
Ozaki and Yagiu, 1941

Nassula Family: Body ellipsoidal, uniformly ciliated; hypostomial frange short; prominent cytopharyngeal apparatus (Carey, 1992).
Genus: Oral aperture small, oval (Carey, 1992).

Species: Cell body ovoid or ellipsoidal, 150-210 μm long; anterior quarter narrower than the rest of the body with a shallow depression on its left margin onto which cytostome opens; macronucleus ovoid, deformable, a single micronucleus; trichocysts absent; a single terminal contractile vacuole ? (Carey, 1992).
Similar species --> Paranassula

Nassula terminalis ?, cell body 185 μm long, 94 μm wide, cyrtos 19 μm in diam., anterior depression present, trichocysts absent, but a contractile vacuole present behind cytostome, x 100, x 200, x 400, Sakura city (formerly Ujiie town), Tochigi Pref., Japan, April 2001 by Y. Tsukii
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* Nassula terminalis Ozaki & Yagiu, 1941: Ovoid, flattened and flexible; 150-210 μm long; anterior quarter narrower than the rest of the body; cytopharyngeal opening very long; macronucleus ovoid; single micronucleus; single contractile vacuole terminal; trichocysts absent (Carey, 1992).

Nassula parva Kahl, 1928: Small, ovoid with large cytopharyngeal basket; 60 μm long; a spherical macronucleus; single contractile vacuole in mid-body region; details of range and suture not given (Carey, 1992).

Nassula rubens Perty, 1852: Small, ellipsoidal; 50-70 μm long; long cytopharyngeal basket; single contractile vacuole; single macronucleus; many trichocysts (Carey, 1992).

Nassula citrea Kahl, 1931: Ovoid or ellipsoidal, anterior not expanded; 70-90 μm long; frange equipped with long membranelles; cytopharyngeal appratus unremarkable; single contractile vacuole; single ovoid macronucelus (Carey, 1992).

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