A new genus and species of loricate choanoflagellate, Kakoeca antarctica Buck & Marchant gen. et sp.n., grown in rough culture from an Antarctic sea ice innoculum is described. This organism has a distinctive lorica morphology consisting of more than 200 costal strips arranged in transverse and longitudinal costae that are perpendicular to one another in the posterior portion of the lorica. The transverse costae show declination with respect to the lorica axis in the anterior part of the lorica. The cell is suspended in the lorica by a robust protoplast suspensory membrane. This membrane blocks water flow from the posterior of the lorica necessitating water entry through the side of the lorica, an area where the maximum sized apertures in the lorica are found. Terminology (lorica lining and protoplast suspensory) is suggested for the two types of lorica membranes which have been found associated with loricas.
|Publication status||Published - 1990|