Biodiv Sci ›› 2011, Vol. 19 ›› Issue (6): 655-660.  DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1003.2011.06136

Special Issue: 中国的海洋生物多样性

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Species checklist of contemporary tintinnids (Ciliophora, Spirotrichea, Choreotrichia, Tintinnida) in the world

Wuchang Zhang1,*(), Meiping Feng1,2, Ying Yu1,2, Cuixia Zhang1,3, Jun Sun3, Tian Xiao1   

  1. 1 Key Laboratory of Marine Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Qingdao 266071
    2 Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049
    3 College of Marine Science & Engineering, Tianjin University of Science & Technology, Tianjin 300457
  • Received:2011-08-05 Accepted:2011-11-16 Online:2011-11-20 Published:2011-12-19
  • Contact: Wuchang Zhang


A species checklist of contemporary living tintinnid (Ciliophora, Spirotrichea, Tintinnida) ciliates around the world was compiled according to references since Kofoid and Campbell (1929). A total of 954 species belonging to 69 genera and 15 families were listed in marine and fresh waters all over the world. Among them, 925 species live in marine habitats and 29 species live in fresh water biotopes. Tintinnopsis is the most abundant genus. It has 137 species, of which 118 live in marine habitats. In China, 164 species including 20 species in fresh waters, belonging to 36 genera and 13 families, have been recorded. Of them, 144 species live in the seas. There were 9 species, namely Codonella cratera, Stenosemella lacustris, Tintinnidium ephemeridum,Tintinnidium ranunculi, Tintinnidium semiciliatum, Tintinnopsis fusiformis, Tintinnopsis illinoisensis, Tintinnopsis ovalis, and Tintinnopsis cylindrata, living in fresh waters in the list were not recorded in China. In the list, Chinese species name were given, of which159 were adopted from the present literature. We also revised Chinese name of Salpingella decurtata, Codonellopsis glacialisand several species of genera Tintinnopsis and Leprotintinnus.

Key words: ciliates, species checklist, Tintinnida