Epalxella Corliss, 1960 (ref. ID; 2014)
Class Polyhymenophora: Subclass Spirotricha: Order Odontostomatida (ref. ID; 2014)

Synonym; Epalxis Roux, 1899 (ref. ID; 2014)

[ref. ID; 2014]
Oval laterally compressed body with thick, rigid armour made up of numerous ridges and folds. Terminal pole usually ending in 6 to 8 thick, blunt spines surrounding a deep, wide hollow. Somatic ciliary rows short and never extend to the middle of the body. Cirri absent. Perizonal ciliary complex present as 5 upper single rows and 2 lower double rows of cilia. Buccal cavity with tooth-like spine on anterior edge. Often an anterior spine to body edge. Macronucleus in one to four parts, single micronucleus. Sapropelic. Most easily confused with Saprodinum which has needle-like extensions to the posterior spines, and with Atopodinium which has somatic cilia only in the posterior region of the cell.
Quote; Colin R. Curds, Michael A. Gates and David McL. Roberts "British and other freshwater ciliated protozoa Part II Ciliophora: Oligohymenophora and Polyhymenophora" Cambridge University Press, 1983 (ref. ID; 2014)

Epalxella mirabilis (Roux) (ref. ID; 1308, 1618) or (Roux, 1899) Corliss, 1960 (ref. ID; 4610)
Syn; Epalxis mirabilis Roux, 1899 (ref. ID; 4610)
Description; In fresh water. (ref. ID; 1618)
Measurements; 38-45 by 27-30 um. (ref. ID; 1618)
Epalxella striata (Kahl, 1926) Corliss, 1960 (ref. ID; 4610), (Kahl) Corliss, 1960 (ref. ID; 1219)
Syn; Epalxis striata Kahl, 1926 (ref. ID; 4610)
Description; Compressed, pellicle carapaced; right side convex, left side flattened; perizonal ciliary stripe consisting of 7 rows of cilia in the anterior part of the body 4 short rows of cilia in the posterior part; buccal cavity with 8 membranelles, opening of the left side; 1 macronucleus and 1 micronucleus; the single contractile vacuole posteriorly located, near the buccal cavity; numerous retractile granules give this ciliate a greyish appearance. (ref. ID; 1219)
Measurements; Length 20-35 um. (ref. ID; 1219)