New Finds of Tokophrya Wenzeli (Ciliophora, Suctorea), a Commensal of Water Mites (Acari, Hydrachnidia), and the Redescription of the Species

I. Dovgal 1 , A. Zawal 2  and V. Pešić 3
  • 1 Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology, NAS of Ukraine, Bogdan Chmielnicky str., 15, Kyiv, 01601 Ukraine
  • 2 Department of Invertebrate Zoology & Limnology, University of Szczecin, 71-415 Szczecin, Waska, 13, Poland
  • 3 Department of Biology, Faculty of Sciences, University of Montenegro, Cetinjski put b. b., 81000 Podgorica, Serbia and Montenegro

New Finds of Tokophrya Wenzeli (Ciliophora, Suctorea), a Commensal of Water Mites (Acari, Hydrachnidia), and the Redescription of the Species

The article deals with investigations of suctorian species Tokophrya wenzeli Matthes et Stiebler, 1970 which was observed in waterbodies of Ukraine, Poland and Macedonia. New observations permit to precise the morphology of tentacles and show the variability of such sufficient characters of the species as morphology of basal plate, stalk and actinophores. The redescription of the species is also presented.

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