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The Ciliated Protozoa: Characterization, Classification, and Guide to the Literature

By: Denis H Lynn

605 pages, Figs


Hardback | May 2008 | Edition: 3 | #174801 | ISBN-13: 9781402082382
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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
somatic structures
oral structures division and morphogenesis
nuclei, sexuality, and life cycle
other features

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)


Dedication.- Acknowledgements.- Preface to Third Edition.- List of Tables.- List of Figures.- Introduction and Progress in the Last Half Century.- Glossary of Terms and Concepts Useful in Ciliate Systematics.- Characters and the Rationale behind the New Classification.- Phylum CILIOPHORA -- Conjugating, Ciliated Protists with Nuclear Dualism.- Subphylum 1. POSTCILIODESMATOPHORA: Class 1. Karyorelictea -- The "Dawn" or Eociliates.- Subphylum 1. POSTCILIODESMATOPHORA: Class 2. Heterotrichea -- Once Close to the Top.- Subphylum 2. INTRAMACRONUCLEATA: Class 1. Spirotrichea -- Ubiquitous and Morphologically Complex.- Subphylum 2. INTRAMACRONUCLEATA: Class 2. Armophorea -- Sapropelibionts That Once Were Heterotrichs.- Subphylum 2. INTRAMACRONUCLEATA: Class 3. Litostomatea -- Simple Ciliates but Highly Derived.- Subphylum 2. INTRAMACRONUCLEATA: Class 4. Phyllopharyngea -- Diverse in Form, Related in Structure.- Subphylum 2. INTRAMACRONUCLEATA: Class 5. Nassophorea -- Diverse, Yet Still Possibly Pivotal.- Subphylum 2. INTRAMACRONUCLEATA: Class 6. Colpodea -- Somatically Conserved but Orally Diverse.- Subphylum 2. INTRAMACRONUCLEATA: Class 7. Prostomatea -- Once Considered Ancestral, Now Definitely Derived.- Subphylum 2. INTRAMACRONUCLEATA: Class 8. Plagiopylea -- A True Riboclass of Uncommon Companions.- Subphylum 2. INTRAMACRONUCLEATA: Class 9. Oligohymenophorea -- Once a Pivotal Group, Now a Terminal Radiation.- Deep Phylogeny, Gene Sequences, And Character State Evolution -- Mapping The Course Of Ciliate Evolution.- The Ciliate Taxa Including Families And Genera.- References.- Subject Index.- Systematic Index.

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Dr. Denis H. Lynn received his graduate training at the University of Toronto where he received his Ph.D. Protozoology in 1975. His early research on the comparative ultrastructure of ciliates was published in Biological Reviews and lead to a revised classification of the Phylum Ciliophora, which was published in 1981 in collaboration with Eugene B. Small. Dr. Lynn has published extensively on ciliates, authoring more than a dozen book chapters and almost 120 refereed publications. He is currently a full professor in the Department of Integrative Biology, University of Guelph, and Editor in Chief of The Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology.

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