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e-ased.org, vol. 37, no. 3, pp.212-218, 2021

DOI: https://doi.org/10.5635/ASED.2021.37.3.022

New Record of Seven Soil Ciliates (Ciliophora: Stichotrichia) from Korea

Kyu-Seok Chae1, Kang-San Kim2, Gi-Sik Min1,*

Affiliation: 1Department of Biological Sciences, Inha University, Incheon 22212, Korea 2Restoration Assessment Team, Research Center for Endangered Species, National Institute of Ecology, Yeongyang 36531, Korea

Abstract: The seven unrecorded ciliates were collected from soil samples in Korea. The morphological study of these ciliates was performed based on observation of both living and stained cells: Rigidocortex quadrinucleatus Bharti, Kumar and La Terza, 2017, Rigidohymena tetracirrata (Gellert, 1942) Berger, 2011, Urosoma salmastra (Dragesco and Dragesco-Kerneis, 1986) Berger, 1999, Urosomoida agilis (Engelmann, 1862) Foissner, 1982, Rigidosticha italiensis Bharti, Kumar and La Terza, 2016, Eschaneustyla terricola Foissner, 1982 and Pseudokeronopsis similis (Stokes, 1886) Borror and Wicklow, 1983. Among the seven genera in this study, the genus Rigidosticha Bharti, Kumar and La Terza, 2016 is firstly reported in Korea. In this study, we provide brief descriptions and remarks for the ciliates with photographs.

Keyword: Korea, protargol staining, soil, stichotrich, terrestrial habitat