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Taxonomic Revision of Notohymena gangwonensis (Protozoa: Ciliophora), with Notes on Its Cortical Granules and Scanning Electron Micrographs

  • Moon, Ji Hye (Department of Biology, Gangneung-Wonju National University) ;
  • Kim, Kang-San (Department of Biological Sciences, Inha University) ;
  • Chae, Kyu Seok (Department of Biological Sciences, Inha University) ;
  • Min, Gi-Sik (Department of Biological Sciences, Inha University) ;
  • Jung, Jae-Ho (Department of Biology, Gangneung-Wonju National University)
  • Received : 2019.12.16
  • Accepted : 2020.02.07
  • Published : 2020.04.30

Abstract

From a moss sample, we isolated and identified Notohymena gangwonensis Kim et al., 2019 based on morphological and molecular data. The moss and type population has completely identical 18S rRNA (nuclear small subunit ribosomal RNA) gene sequences and both are highly similar in morphological and morphometric attributes, except for the diameter and arrangement of the cortical granules. Thus, we reexamined the type materials(i.e., micrographs and gDNA) and resulted in finding mistakes made by the authors of the species. Based on these data and supporting materials newly obtained (i.e., internal transcribed spacer [ITS] 1, ITS2, 5.8S, and partial 28S rDNA sequences, and scanning electron micrographs), we provide improved diagnosis of the species to clarify its identity. In addition, a key for Notohymena species is provided.

Acknowledgement

Supported by : National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF)

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