Beyond the “code”: a guide to the description and documentation of biodiversity in ciliated protists (Alveolata, Ciliophora)

Alan Warren*, David J. Patterson, Micah Dunthorn, John C. Clamp, Undine E.M. Achilles-Day, Erna Aescht, Saleh A. Al-Farraj, Saleh Al-Quraishy, Khaled Al-Rasheid, Martin Carr, John G. Day, Marc Dellinger, Hamed A. El-Serehy, Yangbo Fan, Feng Gao, Shan Gao, Jun Gong, Renu Gupta, Xiaozhong Hu, Komal KamraGaytha Langlois, Xiaofeng Lin, Diana Lipscomb, Christopher S. Lobban, Pierangelo Luporini, Denis H. Lynn, Honggang Ma, Miroslav Macek, Jacqueline Mackenzie-Dodds, Seema Makhija, Robert I. Mansergh, Mercedes Martín-Cereceda, Nettie McMiller, David J.S. Montagnes, Svetlana Nikolaeva, Geoffrey Odhiambo Ong'ondo, Blanca Pérez-Uz, Jasmine Purushothaman, Pablo Quintela-Alonso, Johana Rotterová, Luciana Santoferrara, Chen Shao, Zhuo Shen, Xinlu Shi, Weibo Song, Thorsten Stoeck, Antonietta La Terza, Adriana Vallesi, Mei Wang, Thomas Weisse, Krzysztof Wiackowski, Lei Wu, Kuidong Xu, Zhenzhen Yi, Rebecca Zufall, Sabine Agatha

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

103 Downloads (Pure)


Recent advances in molecular technology have revolutionized research on all aspects of the biology of organisms, including ciliates, and created unprecedented opportunities for pursuing a more integrative approach to investigations of biodiversity. However, this goal is complicated by large gaps and inconsistencies that still exist in the foundation of basic information about biodiversity of ciliates. The present paper reviews issues relating to the taxonomy of ciliates and presents specific recommendations for best practice in the observation and documentation of their biodiversity. This effort stems from a workshop that explored ways to implement six Grand Challenges proposed by the International Research Coordination Network for Biodiversity of Ciliates (IRCN-BC). As part of its commitment to strengthening the knowledge base that supports research on biodiversity of ciliates, the IRCN-BC proposes to populate The Ciliate Guide, an online database, with biodiversity-related data and metadata to create a resource that will facilitate accurate taxonomic identifications and promote sharing of data.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)539-554
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Eukaryotic Microbiology
Issue number4
Early online date15 Feb 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2017


  • Cultivation
  • information resources
  • molecular phylogeny
  • morphology
  • nomenclature
  • phylogenetics
  • systematics
  • taxonomy
  • type specimens


Dive into the research topics of 'Beyond the “code”: a guide to the description and documentation of biodiversity in ciliated protists (Alveolata, Ciliophora)'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this