Strains of Paramecium decaurelia (Ciliophora, Protozoa) from Russia with molecular characteristics of other known strains of the species
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The presence of Paramecium decaurelia from the Paramecium aurelia species complex was demonstrated in Yaroslavl, Russia, (European part, northwestern Russia) and in the Altai Mts (Asiatic part of Russia, western Siberia). RAPD-PCR fingerprints of the newly identified strains of P. decaurelia, rare throughout the world, were compared to those characteristic for the other known strains of the species. P. decaurelia strains show some polymorphism within species, strains from Russia have 60% similarity of band patterns, and strains from USA and Japan about 70% similarity of band patterns.
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Ewa Przybos, Department of Experimental Zoology, Institute of Systematics and Evolution of Animals, Polish Academy of Sciences, Slawkowska 17, 31-016 Krakow, Poland