Database Details : The World Ciliate Catalog

Full name: The World Ciliate Catalog
Short name: CilCat
Version: 4.0, Jan 2012
Release date: 2012-01-16
Authors/editors: Aescht E.
Taxonomic coverage: Protozoa - Ciliophora
English name of the group: Ciliates
Number of living species 8,667
Number of living infraspecific taxa 585
Number of extinct species: 0
Number of extinct infraspecific taxa: 0
Number of synonyms: 3,187
Number of common names: 0
Total number of names: 12,439
Abstract: The 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.
Organization: Oberostereichisches Landesmuseum, Biologiezentrum, Linz, Austria
Bibliographic citation: Aescht E. (2018). CilCat: The World Ciliate Catalog (version 4.0, Jan 2012). In: Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life, 2018 Annual Checklist (Roskov Y., Abucay L., Orrell T., Nicolson D., Bailly N., Kirk P.M., Bourgoin T., DeWalt R.E., Decock W., De Wever A., Nieukerken E. van, Zarucchi J., Penev L., eds.). Digital resource at Species 2000: Naturalis, Leiden, the Netherlands. ISSN 2405-884X.