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Problems in taxonomy of rotifers, exemplified by the Filinia longisetaterminalis complex

  • Agnes Ruttner-Kolisko
Part of the Developments in Hydrobiology book series (DIHY, volume 52)

Abstract

The validity of taxonomical categories in parthenogenic groups is discussed. Special problems of rotifer taxonomy are caused by: facultative or obligatory parthenogenic reproduction, high morphological and genetic variability and paucity of morphological characteristics.

Examples of these problems are provided by the Filinia terminalis-longiseta group. The different ecological properties of various populations belonging to this group are emphasized. Suggestions concerning the creation of new taxa are made; in particular, the importance of using ecological data is stressed.

Key words

rotifers taxonomy variation genetics parthenogenesis resting eggs ecology 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Agnes Ruttner-Kolisko
    • 1
  1. 1.Biological Station of the Austrian Academy of ScienceAustralia

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