Diversity of testate amoebae (Amoebozoa and Cercozoa) in Western Ghats of Kerala with 8 new records to India
Keywords:Free-living, Kerala, Moss, Protozoa, Testate Amoebae, Western Ghats
Studies were conducted in various parts of the Western Ghats of Kerala, covering five districts viz., Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Wayanad, Palakkad, and Idukki. The purpose of these studies was to explore the diversity of moss-inhabitant testate amoebae, which resulted in the identification of 90 species of testate amoebae spanning over 22 genera and 11 families. Out of 90 species, eight were new records of Indian fauna. This article provides a systematic list of the recorded species, details about the studied specimens, and information on the distribution of these species.