Morphology of one Frontonia and two Spathidium ciliates (Ciliophora: Intramacronucleata) from Korea

  • Park, Mi-Hyun (Department of Biological Sciences, Inha University) ;
  • Min, Gi-Sik (Department of Biological Sciences, Inha University)
  • Received : 2017.09.12
  • Accepted : 2017.11.14
  • Published : 2017.12.28


Three ciliate species, Frontonia schaefferi Bullington, 1939, Spathidium curiosum Foissner, 2016, and S. muscicola Kahl, 1930, were collected from freshwater and terrestrial habitats in Korea. Their morphology was investigated based on live observations and protargol impregnation. Frontonia schaefferi was characterized by a cell size of $89-112{\times}45-53{\mu}m$ (after protargol impregnation) and three vestibular kineties. Spathidium curiosum was characterized by a cell size of ca. $125{\times}25{\mu}m$ in vivo and the unusual shape of the extrusomes. Spathidium muscicola was characterized by a cell size of ca. $135{\times}40{\mu}m$ in vivo and four to six macronuclear nodules. These three species are new records for Korea.


Supported by : Nakdonggang National Institute of Biological Resources (NNIBR)


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