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Rosaura Mayén Estrada

National Autonomous University of Mexico

Full-time Professor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, dedicated to the study of the diversity, taxonomy, ecology, geographic distribution, and molecular aspects mainly of ciliates, but also to heterotrophic flagellates and free-living amoeba from Mexico.


Roberto Junio Pedroso Dias

Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora

A pioneering researcher in studies on epibiosis and ecology of ciliates (bioindicators) in Brazil with recent contributions to the morphology and phylogeny of peritrichs and trichostomatids ciliates from neotropics; “Research Coordination Network for Biodiversity of Ciliates” and ISOP member.


Taxonomy Systematics Ecology Food Web Plankton Benthos Phylogeny Evolution Symbiosis Ectosymbionts Geographic Distribution Models

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This book contains subjects dealing with taxonomy, ecological importance, diversity and geographic distribution, symbiotic interactions, phylogeny and evolution of ciliates, a broad group of protists included in Alveolata by the presence of cortical alveoli. Each chapter is focused to updated subjects, summarizing novel information through major groups of more than 8,000 extant species. Ciliates are characterized by the posession of cilia at least in some stage of their life cycle, two kinds of nuclei, and conjugation as sexual process. They show variability in shape, sizes, habitats, food preferences and also they can be as free-living and symbiotic species. As free living organisms they inhabit freshwater, brackish, marine and terrestrial habitats, as benthonic or planktonic. As symbionts, their role could be as parasites, commensals, mutualistic, epibionts, and they are hosts of some microorganisms called endobionts. They are important organisms i.e. they have medical and veterinary importance- in aquaculture systems, assesment of water quality, genetics, biodiversity, food webs, phylogeny, and bioassays.

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Rosaura Mayén Estrada

National Autonomous University of Mexico

Dr. Rosaura Mayén-Estrada is a Full time Professor at Protozoology Laboratory, Department of Comparative Biology, Faculty of Sciences, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). She is currently teaching classes in Protozoology and Animal Biology. She obtained her PhD at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (1997). As a researcher she is dedicated to the study of the diversity, taxonomy, ecology, geographic distribution and molecular aspects mainly of ciliates, but also to gregarines, heterotrophic flagellates and free-living amoeba from Mexico. She is the author of 45 research articles, 5 book chapters and a reviewer of papers in many esteemed journals.

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