Morphotypes in Naked Amoebas (Protista): Distribution in Water Bodies of Zhytomyr and Volyn Polissia (Ukraine) and Possible Ecological Significance

M. K. Patsyuk 1
  • 1 Ivan Franko State University, V. Berdychivska str., 40, Zhytomir, 10008 Ukraine

Abstract

The biotopic and seasonal distributions of the naked amoeba species related to the specific morphotypes were analyzed on the territory of Zhytomyr and Volyn Polissya. It was demonstrated that the polytactic and, to some extent, rugose and branched morphotypes of naked amoebas have the adaptive significance and could have emerged as a result of adaptation to characteristic conditions of oligotrophic lakes. In turn, the formation of lanceolate morphotype may be associated with the adaptation to low water temperatures, whereas the formation of flamellian morphotype may be an adaptation to high temperatures.

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