Abstract
ON SOME ADDITIONS OF TESTATE AMOEBAE (PROTOZOA: RHIZOPODA) TO INDIAN FAUNA FROM COORG, KARNATAKA, INDIA

*Bindu L.

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Microbial communities living in mosses are known to constitute early indicators of ecosystem disturbances. Testate amoebae are a group of unicellular free-living protozoa which are characterized by morphologically distinct shells(tests) which play an important role in the natural ecosystems as bio-indicators. So far no study has been made in Karnataka state of India and this study was done from the moss samples received from Coorg or Kodagu of Karnataka of Western Ghats, a hotspot of India. The study revealed the occurrence of extended distribution of 12 species of testate amoebae to Coorg, Karnataka, India span over 6 families and 9 genera under two classes. 9 species were recorded under the class Lobosea and 3 under Filosea (3:1 ratio). All the species are new records to Karnataka state.

Keywords: Protozoa, Testate amoebae, Coorg, Karnataka.


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