The monophylum Oxytrichidae (Ciliophora, Hypotrichia) contains freshwater-, marine-, and soil-dwelling species. Some taxa are extremely widespread in freshwater (e.g. Oxytricha, Stylonychia) or in terrestrial habitats (e.g. Gonostomum). Oxytricha and Stylonychia have been used for many molecular, ultrastructural, and genetic investigations. This is the first book since Ehrenberg's (1838) monumental work to summarize the morphological, morphogenetic, faunistic, and ecological data from the past 220 years, scattered in more than 2500 references from all over the world. One central dichotomous key leads directly to 32 genera comprising about 169 species, which are illustrated by more than 2400 figures, including original ones. Taxonomists, ecologists, limnologists, soil biologists, and cell biologists will find a list of synonyms, a discussion of nomenclatural and taxonomic problems, and a detailed morphological and ecological description, including almost all published faunistic records. This enables both the specialist and the practitioner to determine species without referring back to the original literature. The book offers the interested scientist a thorough and up-to-date revision of the oxytrichids.
`... up-to-date book provides comprehensive information on both historical and recent research... almost all ecological, physiological and faunistic information...in the last 300 years is mentioned... not only a super field guide, but also a must-get reference book both for the novice and experienced taxonomist alike and should be on the shelves of every ciliatology laboratory.' ` This ambitious monograph of the Oxytrichidae, which clearly reveals the breath of the Foissner-school, is a highly welcome addition to the book shelf of ciliatologists, not only as a field guide, but also as a reference book which will be valid for decades, if not for a century or more.'
Microbiology Today (August 2000)