Using hydrophilic non-electrolytes, we determined the effective diameter of calcium channels from the Characeae alga Nitellopsis, reconstituted in a planar lipid membrane. It is suggested that a "single" reconstituted channel is a cluster consisting of several protochannels, in which the channel-forming molecules are stabilized by calcium ions. It is shown that the channels assembled in a cluster with the common conductivity of 350 pS (in 0.1 M KCl) have a funnel-like structure. The diameter of the smaller section is 0.96 +/- 0.20 nm, the diameter of the wider vestibule is 1.78 +/- 0.30 nm. Similarity of the structural organization of the channels investigated to the channels formed by annexin proteins is discussed.