Psalteriomonas lanterna gen. nov., sp. nov., a free-living amoeboflagellate isolated from freshwater anaerobic sediments

Eur J Protistol. 1990 Jun 29;25(4):369-80. doi: 10.1016/S0932-4739(11)80130-6. Epub 2011 Nov 2.


A novel amoeboflagellate, isolated from anoxic sediment samples, is described and named Psalteriomonas lanterna gen. nov., sp. nov. The cells of the flagellate stage show a fourfold rotational symmetry with four nuclei, four ventral grooves and four mastigont systems. Each mastigont has four flagella of equal length. Microtubular roots, striated roots or rhizoplasts and electron-dense structures are associated with their basal bodies. A Golgi apparatus is absent. Organelles surrounded by rough endoplasmic reticulum (RER) are presumably modified mitochondria. Methanogenic endosymbiotic bacteria are closely associated with microbodies and form a central body. Nuclear division shows the characteristics of a closed mitosis. Cells of the amoeboid stage are mononucleated and lack the methanogenic endosymbionts. Reproduction occurs in both stages of the life cycle.