International Journal of
Biodiversity and Conservation

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Biodivers. Conserv.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-243X
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJBC
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 624

Full Length Research Paper

Extended distribution of testate amoebae (Protozoa: Rhizopoda) to Indian fauna from Sangla Valley, Himachal Pradesh, India

Bindu L.
  • Bindu L.
  • Marine Biology Regional Centre, Zoological Survey of India, 130, Santhome High Road, Chennai-600028, India.
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  •  Received: 14 March 2019
  •  Accepted: 20 May 2019
  •  Published: 31 July 2019


Testate amoebae are a group of free-living heterotrophic protists that have an organic shell or test and play a very good role as bioindicators in the ecological monitoring of environment. Inspite of the importance the percentage contribution of free living protozoans recorded from the Himalayan landscape is only about 12% of the total free living protozoans of India. This portrays a meagre diversity of species from such a highly diversified ecosystem of Himalaya and the true diversity may be far above the recorded number of species. In this study it is herewith reporting two species of testate amoebae viz., Assulina quadratum Van Oye, 1958 and Cyclopyxis leidy Couteaux et Chardez, 1981 for the first time from India from Sangla Valley, Himachal Pradesh.


Key words: Assulina quadratum, Cyclopyxis leidy, bioindicator protists, moss-dwelling testate amoebae, soil protists, new biogeographic records, Sangla Valley, Himachal Pradesh, India.