Lecane haliclysta (Harring & Myers, 1926)

Most likely ID: n.a.


Synonym: n.a.


Sampling location: Simmelried


Phylogenetic tree: Lecane haliclysta



  • lorica elongate-ovate (of extended specimen)
  • anterior ventral margin of lorica straight truncated with two lateral small spines
  • the cuticle of the lorica is flexible and strongly sculptured with ridges
  • length about 110–150 µm (of retracted specimens)
  • toes long (31–42 µm)
  • claws very short (8 µm), sometimes strongly reduced
  • The half of second foot segment overghangs the posterior margin of the lorica
  • one eyespot
Lecane haliclysta

I found the specimen of Lecane haliclysta shown below in the Simmelried in July 2006. This species is characterized by a highly sculptured lorica. The ornamentation is described to be variable, but there are some structures that seem to be constant. On the dorsal side, an arrow-shaped structure can be seen (s. fig. 1 a). Below this arrow-shaped structure, parallel arranged structures can be found (s. fig. 1 a). On the ventral side of the lorica, however, a cup-shaped structure is very characteristic (s. fig. 2 b). Thus, the ornamentation of my specimen agrees very well with Wulfert’s drawings (see drawings above). Another characteristic of Lecane haliclysta are the strongly reduced claws as well as the second foot segment, half of which overhangs the posterior margin of the lorica (s. fig. 1 b).


Fig. 1 a-b: Lecane haliclysta. L = 100 µm (of lorica). A slightly squashed specimen from dorsal (a) and from ventral (b). Note the arrow-shaped (AS) and parallel arranged structures (PS) of the dorsal lorica as well as the cup-shaped structure (CS) of the ventral side of the lorica. The second segment of the foot (FT) overhangs the posterior margin on the lorica. CL = claws, TO = toes. Obj. 40 X.