Views from life (A-D) and after protargol impregnation (E, F) of Anteholosticha pulchra, from the Laboratory of Protozoology, Ocean University of China. Scale bars = 100 μm.

Belongs within: Spirotricha.

Anteholosticha is a genus of urostylid hypotrichs that have a continuous adoral zone, three enlarged frontal cirri and no caudal cirri; as the distinguishing characters of the genus are probably plesiomorphic for urostylids, its monophyly remains uncertain (Berger 2003).

Characters (from Berger 2003): Continuous adoral zone. Rearmost membranelles not wider than remaining membranelles of proximal portion. 3 enlarged frontal cirri. Buccal cirrus/cirri right of paroral. Frontoterminal cirri present. Midventral complex composed of midventral pairs only. Number of transverse cirri usually distinctly lower than number of midventral pairs. 1 left and 1 right marginal row. Anterior end of left marginal row ± straight, commences left of adoral zone. Caudal cirri lacking. Nuclear apparatus left of midline or scattered.

<==Anteholosticha Berger 2003B03
    |--*A. monilata (Kahl 1928) [=Holosticha monilata]B03
    |--A. adami (Foissner 1982) [=Holosticha adami]B03
    |--A. arenicola (Kahl 1932) [=Holosticha arenicola]B03
    |--A. australis (Blatterer & Foissner 1988) [=Holosticha australis]B03
    |--A. bergeri (Foissner 1987) [=Holosticha bergeri]B03
    |--A. brachysticha (Foissner, Agatha & Berger 2002) [=Holosticha brachysticha]B03
    |--A. brevis (Kahl 1932) [=Holosticha brevis]B03
    |--A. camerounensis (Dragesco 1970) [=Holosticha camerounensis]B03
    |--A. distyla (Buitkamp 1977) [=Holosticha distyla]B03
    |--A. estuarii (Borror & Wicklow 1983) [=Holosticha estuarii]B03
    |--A. extensa (Kahl 1932) [=Holosticha extensa]B03
    |--A. fasciola (Kahl 1932) [=Holosticha fasciola]B03
    |--A. gracilis (Kahl 1932) [=Holosticha gracilis]B03
    |--A. grisea (Kahl 1932) [=Holosticha grisea]B03
    |--A. manca (Kahl 1932) [=Holosticha manca]B03
    |--A. mancoidea (Hemberger 1985) [=Holosticha mancoidea]B03
    |--A. multistilata (Kahl 128) [=Holosticha multistilata]B03
    |--A. muscicola (Gellért 1956) [=Holosticha muscicola]B03
    |--A. muscorum (Kahl 1932) [=Holosticha muscorum]B03
    |--A. oculata (Mereschkowsky 1877) [=Holosticha oculata]B03
    |--A. pulchra (Kahl 1932) [=Holosticha pulchra]B03
    |--A. randani (Grolière 1975) [=Holosticha randani]B03
    |--A. scutellum (Fohn 1866) [=Holosticha scutellum]B03
    |--A. sigmoidea (Foissner 1982) [=Holosticha sigmoidea]B03
    |--A. sphagni (Grolière 1975) [=Holosticha sphagni]B03
    |--A. thononensis (Dragesco 1966) [=Holosticha thononensis]B03
    |--A. violacea (Kahl 1928) [=Holosticha violacea]B03
    |--A. warreni (Song & Wilbert 1997) [=Holosticha warreni]B03
    `--A. xanthichroma (Wirnsberger & Foissner 1987) [=Holosticha xanthichroma]B03

*Type species of generic name indicated


[B03] Berger, H. 2003. Redefinition of Holosticha Wrzesniowski, 1877 (Ciliophora, Hypotricha). European Journal of Protistology 39 (4): 373–379.

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