Telotrochidium, Kent, 1881

Wilbert, Norbert & Song, Weibo, 2005, New contributions to the marine benthic ciliates from the Antarctic area, including description of seven new species (Protozoa, Ciliophora), Journal of Natural History 39 (13), pp. 935-973 : 949-950

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Telotrochidium ? sp.

( Figure 5D–F View Figure 5 )

Only several cells were found on protargol-stained slides, thus no further identification can be carried out. Here only a brief description is given based on the impregnated specimens.


Cells oval to barrel-shaped, about 60640 M m after protargol impregnation ( Figure 5D View Figure 5 ). Macronucleus vermiform, strongly twisted ( Figure 5D View Figure 5 , arrow), while micronucleus not detected.

Aboral ciliary wreath consisting of broad band of kineties, which are obliquely and densely arranged and each of which consists of more than 10 basal bodies ( Figure 5D View Figure 5 ). No scopula recognizable. Buccal ciliature as shown in Figure 5F View Figure 5 , epistomial membrane near distal end of polykinety (double-arrowheads in 5F), while haplokinety (arrowhead in 5F) considerably shifted anteriad; peniculus 3 distinctly short (arrow in 5F).


As noticed by other researchers, sometimes it is difficult to separate the swarmers of other stalked peritrichs and the genus Telotrochidium , hence it is not completely ensured that there is no misidentification of the present organism concerned. We await further observations.

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