The life and times of Tetrahymena.
The genus Tetrahymena is defined on the basis of a four-part oral structure composed of an undulating membrane and three membranelles. It is a monophyletic genus with 41 named species and numerous unnamed species, many of which are morphologically indistinguishable. Nuclear small subunit rRNA and mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase subunit 1 sequences indicate two major clades, a "borealis" clade of less closely related species and an "australis" clade of more closely related species that correlate to differences in mating-type determination and frequency of amicronucleates. Members of both clades show convergence for histophagy (primarily facultative), macrostome transformation, and (rare) cyst formation. Life cycle parameters of species are presented and problematic species discussed.
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SourceMethods in cell biology 109: 2012 pg 9-27
Ribosome Subunits, Small, Eukaryotic
Pub Type(s)Journal Article