Portrait of the exogenid suctorian, Parapodophrya soliformis
(Lauterborn,1908)Kahl,1931.This is a tentative identification.Members of this genus usually have a very fine stalk but sometimes this is absent (as in this example).A firm diagnosis requires identification of the swarmer cell which is elongate, the anterior end wider than the posterior. There is an anterior wreath of cilia in the swarmer.The cell body is roughly spherical with tentacles distributed over the entire surface rather than in fascicles. The tentacles widen at their bases giving the cell a serrated outline. Only the extended tentacles are capitate. When they contract they appear as short wide-based spines Seen best here at 10 o'clock). These features are also typical of this species of Parapodophrya
.The single contractile vacuole is eccentric (not seen here). The spherical macronucleus (not well seen here) is central. Parapodophrya
species are free-living and never parasitic unlike Podophrya
.Collected from sapropelic bottom sediments of a freshwater aquaculture tub near Boise, Idaho.December 2005.DIC.