Morphological redescriptions of three Cyrtohymena ciliates (Ciliophora: Sporadotrichida: Oxytrichidae) new to Korea

  • Kim, Yeon Uk ;
  • Lee, Jung Mi ;
  • Kwon, Choon Bong ;
  • Shin, Mann Kyoon
  • Received : 2012.02.07
  • Accepted : 2012.02.09
  • Published : 2012.02.28


Three ciliate species of genus Cyrtohymena, C. australis Foissner, 1995, C. citrina (Berger & Foissner, 1987) and C. muscorum (Kahl, 1932) new to Korea, were collected from semi-terrestrial habitats. The description was based on the observation of live and silver stained specimens. Diagnostic characteristics of these species are as follows. C. autralis: size about $275{\times}100{\mu}m$ in live specimens. Cortical granules yellowish. 18-31 right and 31-40 left marginal cirri in number. Dorsal kineties eight rows. C. citrina: size about $180{\times}50{\mu}m$ in live specimens. Cortical granules yellowish. 26-32 right and 23-27 left marginal cirri in number. Dorsal kineties five to six rows. C. muscorum: size about $180{\times}60{\mu}m$ in live specimens. Cortical granules reddish. 31-34 right and 33-36 left marginal cirri in number. Dorsal kineties six rows. Three species of Cyrtohymena have been added to Korean ciliate fauna from this study. Including previous one species of C. quadrinucleata, four species of this genus in total have been recorded so far in this country.




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Grant : The Survey of Korean Indigenous Species

Supported by : National Institute of Biological Resources (NIBR)