Utility of genetic markers and morphology for species discrimination within the order Tintinnida (Ciliophora, Spirotrichea).

  title={Utility of genetic markers and morphology for species discrimination within the order Tintinnida (Ciliophora, Spirotrichea).},
  author={Luciana F Santoferrara and G B McManus and Viviana A. Alder},
  volume={164 1},
We evaluated the small- and large-subunit rDNA (SSU and LSU, respectively) for their ability to discriminate morphospecies of tintinnid ciliates. Multiple individuals from 29 morphospecies were identified according to microscopically-observed characteristics of the lorica, and then sequenced for both loci (21 new species for SSU and all of them new for LSU). Sequences from public databases were included in our analyses, and two hypervariable SSU regions (V4 and V9) were separately examined. Of… CONTINUE READING


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