Gyronympha, Prosnyderella and Criconympha, three new genera of calonymphids (Parabasalia: Trichomonadida) from wood-eating termites
Three new genera of calonymphids (multinucleate trichomonads) are described from the Harold Kirby collection of termite symbionts. From both Rugitermes kirbyi and R. panamae, Gyronympha is an oval protist with a cluster of 20–30 karyomastigonts arranged as a tuft that fills the anterior one-quarter to one-third of the cell. Prosnyderella, from the same termites, is pyriform with over 20 nuclei in karyomastigonts. The karyomastigonts are interspersed with akaryomastigonts. Criconympha, an oval trichomonad with a loose ring or slight spiral array of 20–30 karyomastigonts, slightly posterior to a nonmastigont anterior portion of the cell, is found in Proneotermes perezi and Neotermes holmgreni.
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Document Type: Original Article
Publication date: 2002-04-01