605 pages, Figs
The third edition of The Ciliated Protozoa continues the innovative approach of the previous two editions, thoroughly documenting the progress in our understanding of the evolutionary diversification of these widely distributed eukaryotic microorganisms.
The Glossary is considerably revised and expanded, serving as an illustrated subject index of more than 700 terms. An introduction to the phylum is followed by chapters on the 11 classes.
Each class chapter contains 7 sections:
taxonomic structure life history and ecology
oral structures division and morphogenesis
nuclei, sexuality, and life cycle
The book includes new data on the ultrastructure of the somatic cortex of each class, molecular phylogenetics, ecology, and on other important aspects of ciliate biology.
These new data are used, along with a novel conceptual approach, to rationalize a new system of classification for the phylum, presented in a major chapter on The Ciliate Taxa. The book includes an up-to-date bibliography of approximately 3,000 citations to both the classical and recent literature, and both a Subject Index and a Systematic Index. This unique and timely book will serve as a comprehensive and authoritative reference work for students, teachers, and researchers who have an interest in the protozoa, and particularly the ciliates.
From the reviews of the third edition: "The book is a combination of rigour, detail, and clarity. The prose is succinct and accessible, and the illustrations ! are appropriate ! . Of course, protozoologists will benefit from owning, or having access to this book, but others including applied and pure ecologist and broad range of phylogenists, microbiologists, and ultrastruturalists will appreciate its content and views. ! it is a comprehensive reference work for students, teachers, and researchers interested in ciliate phylogeny, taxonomy, life histories, structure, and function." (David J.S. Montagnes, Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin, Vol. 18 (1), March, 2009)
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