A new freshwater ciliate from northeastern Azerbaijan: Gymnocyclidium nabranicum n. gen., n. sp and Gymnociclidiidae n. fam. (Scuticociliatida, Ciliophora)


Abstract: From 2003 to 2006, the freshwater ciliates of northeastern Azerbaijan were studied. The present paper describes a new ciliate - Gymnocyclidium nabranicum n. gen., n. sp. (Gymnocyclidiidae n. fam.) that clearly differs from other representatives of Scuticociliatida by reduction of bipolar somatic kineties to 2 or 3 short longitudinal crowns. Gymnocyclidiidae n. fam. includes 3 genera - Gymnocyclidium n. gen. (type genus), Paurotricha Dragesco and Dragesco-Kerneis, 1991 and Paracyclidium Grolière, de Puytorac, Grain, 1980.

Keywords: Scuticociliatida, freshwater, ciliates, Azerbaijan

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