Hall, Richard P. University of California, Los Angeles, California.
An order of Acantharia. In this group of protozoa, skeletons typically include a latticework shell, although the characteristic skeletal rods are recognizable. The latticework may be spherical or ovoid, is fused with the skeletal rods, and is typically concentric with the central capsule. The body is usually covered with a single or double gelatinous sheath through which the skeletal rods emerge. Myonemes (usually a specific number) extend from the gelatinous sheath to each skeletal rod. These marine forms live mostly below depths of 150–200 ft (45–60 m). The order includes Coleaspis, Diploconus, Dorotaspis, and many other genera. See also: Acantharea; Actinopodea; Protozoa; Sarcodina; Sarcomastigophora
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