Skip to main content

Trichostome ciliates from Australian marsupials. I. Bandia gen. nov. (Litostomatea: Amylovoracidae)

Buy Article:

$28.45 plus tax (Refund Policy)

Abstract:



A new genus of amylovoracid ciliates, Bandia gen.nov., is described. They are endosymbiotic/endocommensal in the stomachs of macropodid marsupials. Six new species, B. beveridgei, B. equimontanensis, B. tammar, B. deveneyi, B. cribbi and B. smalesae, are described from Setonix brachyurus, Petrogale assimilis, Macropus eugenii, M. robustus, M. parryi and M. agilis respectively. The gross morphology of Bandia is similar to that of Bitricha, with holotrichous somatic ciliation in two fields, longitudinal dorsal and oblique ventral. The somatic kineties are arranged in groups between non-ciliated major interkinetal ridges; the groups of kineties thus give the cell a banded appearance. Several species are bimorphic, one form holotrichous and the other with a glabrous right body groove which appears to be derived from an ingrowth of one of the major interkinetal ridges. The groove may function in attachment either in sequestration or conjugation. The ultrastructure of the somatic kineties and the oral structures is similar to that of Amylovorax. Bandia also has unique ultrastructural features associated with the major interkinetal ridges, right body groove and a karyophore. Morphological evolution within the Amylovoracidae may have proceeded from simple forms such as Amylovorax via a process of cellular torsion and/or oral migration to forms similar to Bitricha and by further torsion and cellular elaboration to Bandia.

Keywords: Amylovoracidae; Bandia nov. gen.; Ciliophora; Endocommensals; Macropodidae; Trichostomatia

Document Type: Original Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1078/0932-4739-00889

Affiliations: Department of Microbiology & Parasitology, The University of Queensland, Brisbane 4072, Queensland, Australia; Fax: ++61 73365 4620; E-mail: s.cameron@mailbox.uq.edu.au

Publication date: December 1, 2002

urban/301/2002/00000038/00000004/art00889
dcterms_title,dcterms_description,pub_keyword
6
5
20
40
5

Access Key

Free Content
Free content
New Content
New content
Open Access Content
Open access content
Subscribed Content
Subscribed content
Free Trial Content
Free trial content
Cookie Policy
X
Cookie Policy
ingentaconnect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more