Monographiae Biologicae

Monograph of the Spathidiida (Ciliophora, Haptoria)

Vol I: Protospathidiidae, Arcuospathidiidae, Apertospathulidae

Authors: Foissner, Wilhelm, Xu, Kuidong

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The spathidiids belong to the ciliate subclass Haptoria (Protozoa, Ciliophora), that is, they are predators using toxicysts to overwhelm the prey.

Over 200 nominal spathidiid species have been described, sometimes based on seemingly minute differences. Thus, many protozoologists considered them as indeterminable and claimed for a detailed revision. The present monograph carefully revises the taxonomy, nomenclature, and ecology of all nominal species and shows that spathidiid diversity has been greatly underestimated. Based on the reinvestigation of described species with modern methods (silver impregnation, scanning electron microscopy) and the first description of over 50 new species, the family Spathidiidae is split into four families and 20 genera. Each species is described and figured in detail, making it unnecessary to go back to the original literature often difficult to obtain. Two identification keys are provided, viz., one for taxonomists and another, simple key for users not specifically trained in ciliate taxonomy.

About the authors

Prof. W. Foissner is Professor (Extraordinarius) of Zoology at Salzburg University. Since 1996 he has been President of German Society of Protozoologists. He has on his name over 500 publications, including about 300 peer-reviewed papers and 8 books (with together over 5000 pages), in international and national scientific journals, most about ciliates, but some on flagellates, naked and testate amoebae, and sporozoans. He is an invited speaker at many meetings. His main interests are Taxonomy, phylogeny, evolution, ecology and biodiversity of freshwater and soil protozoa, mainly ciliates and testate amoebae.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • General Section

    Foissner, Wilhelm (et al.)

    Pages 1-53

  • Systematic Section

    Foissner, Wilhelm (et al.)

    Pages 54-56

  • Family Protospathidiidae nov. gam.

    Foissner, Wilhelm (et al.)

    Pages 57-154

  • Family Arcuospathidiidae nov. fam.

    Foissner, Wilhelm (et al.)

    Pages 155-329

  • Family Apertospathulidea FOISSNER, XU & KREUTZ, 2005

    Foissner, Wilhelm (et al.)

    Pages 330-384

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Monograph of the Spathidiida (Ciliophora, Haptoria)
Book Subtitle
Vol I: Protospathidiidae, Arcuospathidiidae, Apertospathulidae
Authors
Series Title
Monographiae Biologicae
Series Volume
81
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-4735-0
DOI
10.1007/1-4020-4735-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-4210-2
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-8853-4
Series ISSN
0077-0639
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 490
Topics