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Protoplasma

, Volume 164, Issue 1–3, pp 1–8 | Cite as

Terminology and nomenclature of the cytoskeletal elements associated with the flagellar/ciliary apparatus in protists

  • R. A. Andersen
  • D. J. S. Barr
  • D. H. Lynn
  • M. Melkonian
  • Ø. Moestrup
  • M. A. Sleigh
Article

Summary

The terminology used to describe the cytoskeleton of protists is sometimes redundant and confusing. The independent origins of protistology from studies on algae, fungi, and protozoans led to these problems. Additionally, recent studies indicate that seemingly unrelated taxa form new, monophyletic groups. However, homologous structures that support monophyly are difficult to identify when the literature is published in journals restricted to specific fields or when the terminology is in duplicate or triplicate. The purpose of this paper is to establish clear definitions, identify synonyms, and indicate homologies where possible.

Keywords

Flagellate/ciliate Protists Cytoskeleton Flagellar apparatus Kinetid Terminology Nomenclature 

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© Springer-Verlag 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. A. Andersen
    • 1
  • D. J. S. Barr
    • 2
  • D. H. Lynn
    • 3
  • M. Melkonian
    • 4
  • Ø. Moestrup
    • 5
  • M. A. Sleigh
    • 6
  1. 1.Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean SciencesProvasoli-Guillard Center for Culture of Marine PhytoplanktonWest Boothbay HarborUSA
  2. 2.Biosystematics Research CentreOttawa
  3. 3.Department of ZoologyUniversity of GuelphGuelph
  4. 4.Botanisches InstitutUniversität zu KölnKöln
  5. 5.Institut for SporeplanterUniversity of CopenhagenCopenhagen
  6. 6.Department of BiologyUniversity of SouthamptonSouthampton

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