Not much known about
the genus and there is only one species so far identified. The
first Rosculus ithacus was isolated from the rectum of a european grass
snake (Natrix natrix), and subsequently it was claimed to have been
discovered in Cambridge, England in a river and a ditch (Page,
1974), and on maize and a human throat in
North America (Page, 1988).
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long) eruptive like Vahlkamfida but inclined to adopt flabellate
morphology and locomotory habit.
Hawes, R.S.J. (1963). "On Rosculus
ithacus gen. n. sp. n. (Protozoa, Amoebida), with special reference
to its mitosis and phylogenetic relations." J.Morph. 113:
Page, F.C. (1974). "Rosculus ithacus
Hawes, 1963 (Amoebida, Flabelluidae) and the amphizoic tendency
in amoebae." Acta. Protozool.13: 143-155.
Page, F.C. (1988). "A new guide to
Freshwater and Soil Gymnamoebae". Institute of Terrestrial Ecology.