Cover slip floated ~ 1wk on marine sample from intertidal silt at Stanley Park. (40x obj, DIC and phase, resp.)
EDIT: Confirmed Filoreta.
Almost overlooked it thinking it was just slide gunk. Amoebae suffer all too often from that fate – apparently Parvamoeba, one of the most common and ubiquitous amoebae, was only described in the early 90's (Rogerson 1993 EJP) because it was tiny and no one noticed.
Could be something like Filoreta sp. (Rhizarian), but something feels off about it. Filoreta doesn't seem to stretch cytoplasm between filopodia like this specimen does. Maybe it's more like the amoebozoan Corallomyxa and Stereomyxa, or stramenopile Leukarachnion. Then again, amoebae are notoriously dynamic in their morphology. Something that's a far bigger issue in the microbial world is the necessity of getting a sense of the morphotype range of a species; one specimen doesn't quite cut it as it does for animal taxonomy.
In fact, perhaps instead of the ridiculious (for us) ICZN and ICBN requirements for submission of material for curation (many species neither like being cultured nor preserve all that well on a slide), for microbial species there should be a requirement for additional images of different specimens, if possible, to try to capture some of the morphological range. But then again, I'm not a taxonomist, so what do I know.
Right, midterm... (hey, at least I procrastinate productively!)