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)


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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