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Two Species of Trachelomonas (Euglenineae) without Chlorophyll


IN 1883 Klebs1 published a paper of fundamental importance describing a great number of flagellates, particularly Euglenineae, and their relationships. Among these organisms there were members of the genus Trachelomonas which is characterized by a Euglena-like cell-body in an envelope encrusted with iron and manganese compounds2. Two of the species Klebs observed are of special interest because, in contrast with the multitude of species of this genus they were devoid of chromatophores, have consequently no photosynthetical pigments and must have been heterotrophic.

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PRINGSHEIM, E. Two Species of Trachelomonas (Euglenineae) without Chlorophyll. Nature 180, 1296–1297 (1957).

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