Rotifers of Germany and Neighbouring Countries
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Located in the southern part of the Ruhr-District/ Germany, we are currently working on a survey of the occurence of rotifer species of Germany with emphasis on local species. The taxa presented here have been mainly identified by the works of Koste, De Smet, Nogrady, Pourriot and Segers (monogonont rotifers) and Donner (bdelloid rotifers).
Species List (alphabetical) >>>>>>
Taxonomic Groups
Rotifera 1 Digononta Bdelloida
Rotifera 2 Ploimida 1 Epiphanidae, Brachionidae, Euchlanidae
Rotifera 3 Ploimida 2 Mytilinidae, Trichotriidae, Colurellidae
Rotifera 4 Ploimida 3 Lecanidae, Proalidae, Lindiidae,
Rotifera 5 Ploimida 4 Scariidae, Notommatidae, Trichocercidae, Gastropodidae
Rotifera 6 Ploimida 5 Synchaetidae, Asplanchnidae, Dicranophoridae, Microcodinidae
Rotifera 7 Gnesiotrocha Testudinellidae, Flosculariidae, Hexarthridae, Filiniidae, Collothecidae, Conochilidae
Male Rotifers
The males of monogonot rotifers look very different from the females in many taxa and may be considerably smaller, so that they are not recognized as rotifers at all. So here are some examples >>>>
Mysterious Rotifers
Observing rotifers for more than 15 years sometimes leads to finding some specimens that are not described in the literature (as far as this literature is available through libraries) or sources from the www. A problem of these specimens is that they are single discoveries, so the don´t have scientific significance and therefore may be considered the same status like discoveries of UFO´s. Up to now I had no chance to cultivate such specimens. Nevertheless there might be the faint chance that someone has seen similar creatures, so they are presented here
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