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J Eukaryot Microbiol. 2013 May-Jun;60(3):223-34. doi: 10.1111/jeu.12020. Epub 2013 Jan 24.

Morphology of Bromeliophrya quadristicha n. spec., an inhabitant of tank bromeliads (Bromeliaceae), and phylogeny of the Bromeliophryidae (Ciliophora, Tetrahymenida).

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  • 1Department of Organismic Biology, University of Salzburg, Hellbrunnerstrasse 34, A-5020, Salzburg, Austria. wilhelm.foissner@sbg.ac.at


Using morphological, morphometric, and molecular methods, we describe Bromeliophrya quadristicha n. spec. from tank bromeliads of Jamaica and the Dominican Republic. The new species differs from the single congener, B. brasiliensis, mainly in having four (vs. 2) left lateral kinetofragments, 23 (vs. 32) ciliary rows, and a short (vs. long and C-shaped) adoral membranelle 3. Both the morphological and molecular phylogenies show Bromeliophrya and Glaucomides as sister group of the Glaucomidae. Thus, they should have the same (family) rank.

© 2013 The Author(s) Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology © 2013 International Society of Protistologists.

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