Metopus latus (Kahl, 1927)

Most likely ID: n.a.


Synonym: n.a.


Sampling location: Simmelried


Phylogenetic tree: Metopus latus



  • body fusiform
  • length about 85 µm
  • apical dome strongly flattened and twisted
  • adorale zone short
  • perizonal cilia long
  • somatic cilia long and soft
  • macronucleus kidney-shaped or ellipsoidal with adjacent micronucleus
  • contractile vacuole large, terminal
  • posterior end with caudal cilia
Metopus latus

So far I could find only one specimen of Metopus latus in October 2006 in the Simmelried. The photos shown below were still taken on slide film with a 60 X lens at high film thickness. Metopus latus can be easily recognized by the flattened and twisted anterior dome, on the outer edge of which runs the perizonal stripe with long cilia (s. fig. 1 b). The adoral zone is only short and has few membranelles (s. fig. 1 a). Kahl gives a length of about 85 µm. My specimen was a bit stouter and only 68 µm long, but this is still within the usual variability. As described and drawn by Kahl (s.  above), the macronucleus is kidney-shaped and encloses a spherical micronucleus (s. figs. 1 b and 1 d). The caudal cilia are long but widely spaced.


Fig. 1 a-e: Metopus latus. L = 68 µm. A freely swimming specimen from ventral (a, c) and from right (b, d, e). Note the flattened and twisted apical dome with the long perizonal cilia on the edge. AMZ = adoral zone of membranelles, CC = caudal cilia, CV = contractile vacuole, Ma = macronucleus, Mi = micronucleus. Obj. 60 X.