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Free Content Ciliate Protozoa of the Gulf of Mexico

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Twelve orders, 57 families, 116 genera, and 219 species of the class Ciliata (Protozoa) are recorded from the Gulf of Mexico and its brackish environs, based on a review of 22 previous publications, observations of the author, and previously unpublished data of several other investigators; 168 of these are identified to species. Recent changes in nomenclature and classification are employed and discussed.

The ciliate fauna of the Gulf of Mexico has a low degree of endemism, and many of the common species are cosmopolitan, suggesting that distribution of these forms is limited by micro-environmental factors rather than by geographical barriers. A plea is made for the use of the Chatton-Lwoff silver impregnation technique as an aid in the identification of marine ciliates.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 1962

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