CilCat: The World Ciliate Catalog in the Catalogue of Life
CitationThe Catalogue of Life Partnership (2018). CilCat: The World Ciliate Catalog in the Catalogue of Life. Checklist dataset https://doi.org/10.15468/8i6p1s accessed via GBIF.org on 2018-08-17.
DescriptionThe phylum embraces heterotrophic species with a heterokaryotic nuclear apparatus, multiple cilia over body, pellicular alveoli, and always an infraciliature (highly developed cortical system with kinetid as central feature). Ciliates play a significant role in food chains and nutrient recycling; most taxa are found free-living in marine or freshwater habitats, while about one third are symbiotic forms, less then 10 percent are possibly endemic in soils or known only as fossils, respectively.
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