Redescriptions of Diophrys appendiculata and D. scutum (Ciliophora: Spirotrichea: Uronychiidae) New to Korea

  • Kwon, Choon-Bong (Department of Biological Science, College of Natural Sciences, University of Ulsan) ;
  • Lee, Eun-Sun (Department of Biological Science, College of Natural Sciences, University of Ulsan) ;
  • Shin, Mann-Kyoon (Department of Biological Science, College of Natural Sciences, University of Ulsan)
  • Published : 2008.07.31


Specimens of Diophrys appendiculata (Ehrenberg, ] 838) and D. scutum (Dujardin, 1841) have been collected from the coastal and brackish waters around near Ulsan, during 2004-2007. Diophrys appendiculata and D. scutum are described taxonomically for the first time in Korea. Diagnostic characteristics of these species are as follows. Diophrys appendiculata: size in vivo $43-68{\times}25-50{\mu}m$, adoral zone of membranelles (AZM) covering 43-74% of cell length in impregnated and 46-65% in vivo specimens with 32-47 adoral membranelles (AM). Paroral membrane is slightly curved. Four to five dorsal kinetal (DK) rows are fragmented and anterior and posterior parts of rows densely ciliated. Two macronuclear nodules (Ma) irregular and elongated oval in shape and widely separated. D. scutum: size in vivo $125-225{\times}75-140{\mu}m$, AZM extending to the middle of right border of body and covering 50-60% of cell length with 56-75 AMs. Body shape is typically ovoid with prominent concave margin at right posterio-lateral end, and rather thick and wide longitudinal ridge along lower buccal cavity on ventral side. Two macronuclei shaped like a sausage. five to six dorsal kineties.


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