, Volume 313, Issue 1, pp 121–122 | Cite as

Nomenclatural consequences of some recent studies on Brachionus plicatilis (Rotifera, Brachionidae)

  • Hendrik Segers


Recent studies on morphology, karyotype, genetics including allozyme constitution and reproductive behaviour of ‘S-’ and ‘L-type’ B. plicatilis showed that these types are best treated as different species. A reexamination of existing available names revealed B. plicatilis O. F. Müller, 1786 and B. rotundiformis Tschugunoff, 1921 as the correct names for the ‘L-’ and ‘S-type’, respectively.

Key words

Nomenclature B. plicatilis B. rotundiformis 


  1. Ahlstrom, E. H., 1940. A revision of the rotatorian genera Brachionus and Platyias with descriptions of one new species and two new varieties. Bull. am. Mus. nat. Hist 77: 143–183.Google Scholar
  2. Fu, Y., K. Hirayama & Y. Natsukari, 1991a. Morphological differences between two types of the rotifer Brachionus plicatilis O. F. Müller. J. exp. mar. Biol. Ecol. 151: 29–41.Google Scholar
  3. Fu, Y., K. Hirayama & Y. Natsukari, 1991b. Genetic divergence between S and L type strains of the rotifer Brachionus plicatilis O. F. Müller. J. exp. mar. Biol. Ecol. 151: 43–56.Google Scholar
  4. Fu, Y, A. Hagiwara & K. Hirayama, 1993. Crossing between Seven Strains of the Rotifer Brachionus plicatilis. Nippon Suisan Gakkaishi 59: 2009–2016.Google Scholar
  5. Gómez, Á. & M. Serra, 1995. Behavioural reproductive isolation among sympatric strains of Brachionus plicatilis Müller, 1786: insights into the status of this taxonomic species. Hydrobiologia 313/314 (Dev. Hydrobiol. 109): 111–119.Google Scholar
  6. Harring, H. K., 1913. Synopsis of the Rotatoria. Bull. U.S. Nat. Mus. 81: 1–226.Google Scholar
  7. Hirayama, K. & I. F. M. Rumengan, 1993. The fecundity patterns of S-type and L-type rotifers of Brachionus plicatilis. Hydrobiologia 255/256 (Dev. Hydrobiol. 83): 153–157.Google Scholar
  8. Hudson, C. T. & P H. Gosse, 1886. The Rotifera or wheel-animalcules, both British and foreign. Longmans Green, London, 2 vols., 1: VI + 128, 2: 144 pp.Google Scholar
  9. Hudson, C. T. & P. H. Gosse, 1889. The Rotifera or wheel-animalcules, both British and foreign. Supplement. Longmans Green, London, 64 pp.Google Scholar
  10. Koste, W., 1978. Rotatoria. Die Rädertiere Mitteleuropas. Gebr. Borntraeger, Berlin, Stuttgart. 673 pp, 234 plates.Google Scholar
  11. Koste, W. & E. D. Hollowday, 1993. A short history of western European rotifer research. Hydrobiologia 255/256 (Dev. Hydrobiol. 83): 557–572.Google Scholar
  12. Koste, W. & R. J. Shiel, 1987. Rotifera from Australian Inland Waters II. Epiphanidae and Brachionidae (Rotifera, Monogononta). Invertebr. Taxon. 7: 949–1021.Google Scholar
  13. Kutikova, L. A., 1970. Kolovratki Fauna SSSR. Akademia Nauk, 744 pp (in Russian).Google Scholar
  14. Müller, O. F., 1786. Animalcula Infusoria fluviatilia et marina, quae detexit, systematice descripsit et ad vivum delineari curavit... sistit opus hoc posthumum quod cum tabulis aeneis L. in lucem tradit vidua ejus nobilissima, cura Othonis Fabricii. Hauniae, LVI+367 pp.Google Scholar
  15. Oogami, H., 1976. On the morphology of Brachionus plicatilis. Newsletter form Izu Branch, Shizuoka Prefectural Fisheries Research Center 18: 2–5 (in Japanese).Google Scholar
  16. Rico-Martinez, R. & T. W. Snell, 1995. Mating behavior and mate recognition pheromone blocking of male receptors in Brachionus plicatilis Müller (Rotifera). Hydrobiologia 313/314 (Dev. Hydrobiol. 109): 105–110.Google Scholar
  17. Rousselet, C. F., 1912. On Notholca triarthroides Skorikow, Cathypna brachydactyla Stenroos, and on a new Brachionus from Devil's Lake, North Dakota. J. Quekett Microscopical Club, Set. 2: 70: 371–374.Google Scholar
  18. Rumengan, I. F. M., H. Kayano & K. Hirayama, 1991. Karyotypes of S-type and L-type rotifers Brachionus plicatilis Müller, O. F. J. exp. mar. Biol. Ecol. 154: 171–176.Google Scholar
  19. Sudzuki, M., 1987. Intraspecific variability of Brachionus plicatilis. Hydrobiologia 147 (Dev. Hydrobiol. 42): 45–47.Google Scholar
  20. Wiszniewski, J., 1954. Matériaux relatifs à la nomenclature et à la bibliographie des Rotifères. Polski Arch. Hydrobiol. II, XV: 7–249.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hendrik Segers
    • 1
  1. 1.Lab. of Animal Ecology, Zoogeography and Nature Conservation, Dept M.S.E.University of GhentGentBelgium

Personalised recommendations