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Mulot M, Marcisz K, Grandgirard L, Lara E, Kosakyan A, Robroek BJM, Lamentowicz M, Payne RJ, Mitchell EAD. 2017. Genetic determinism vs. phenotypic plasticity in protist morphology. Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology Xx: xxx-xxx. Doi: 10.1111/jeu.12406

Blandenier Q, Lara E, Mitchell EAD, Alcantara DMC, Siemensma FJ, Todorov M, Lahr DJG. 2017. NAD9/NAD7 (mitochondrial nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide dehydrogenase gene) − a new “Holy Grail” phylogenetic and DNA-barcoding marker for Arcellinida (Amoebozoa)? European Journal of Protistology Xx: xxx-xxx. Doi: 10.1016/j.ejop.2016.12.002

Féres, J.C., Porfírio-Sousa, A.L., Ribeiro, G.M., Rocha, G.M., Sterza, J.M., Souza, M.B.G., Soares, C.E.A. & Lahr, D.J.G. 2016. Morphological and Morphometric Description of a Novel Shelled Amoeba Arcella gandalfi sp. nov. (Amoebozoa: Arcellinida) from Brazilian Continental Waters Acta Protozoologica, 55(4). Doi: 10.4467/16890027AP.16.021.6008

Luketa S. 2016. First record of a size-trimorphic population among euglyphid testate amoebae. Protistology 10: 138-147. Doi: 10.21685/1680-0826-2016-10-4-3

Luketa S. 2016. Morphological variability of Porosia bigibbosa (Arcellinida: Hyalospheniidae) from East Herzegovina. Protistology 10: 130-137. Doi: 10.21685/1680-0826-2016-10-4-2

Marcisz K, Colombaroli D, Jassey VEJ, Tinner W, Kolaczek P, Galka M, Karpinska-Kolaczek M, Slowinski M, Lamentowicz M. 2016. A novel testate amoebae trait-based approach to infer environmental disturbance in Sphagnum peatlands. Scientific reports 6, 33907. DOI: 10.1038/srep33907

Lamentowicz M, Słowińska S, Słowiński M, Jassey VEJ, Chojnicki BH, Reczuga MK, Zielińska M, Marcisz K, Lamentowicz Ł, Barabach J, Samson M, Kołaczek P, Buttler A, 2016. Combining short-term manipulative experiments with long-term palaeoecological investigations at high resolution to assess the response of Sphagnum peatlands to drought, fire and warming. Mires and Peat 18(20): 1-17. DOI: 10.19189/MaP.2016.OMB.244

Amesbury MJ, Swindles GT, Bobrov A, Charman DJ, Holden J, Lamentowicz M, Mallon G, Mazei Y, Mitchell EAD, Payne R, Roland TP, Turner TE, Warner BG. 2016. Development of a new pan-European testate amoeba transfer function for reconstructing peatland palaeohydrology. Quaternary Science Reviews 152: 132-151, Doi: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2016.09.024

Wanner M, Seidl-Lampa B, Höhn A, Puppe D, Meisterfeld R, Sommer M. 2016. Culture growth of testate amoebae under different silicon concentrations. European Journal of Protistology 56: 171-179. Doi: 10.1016/j.ejop.2016.08.008

Mitchell EAD. 2016. Of Rhinos, Sphagnum, amoebae and Nelson Mandela. IMCG Bulletin: August 2016: 21-22

Kosakyan A, Lahr DJG, Mulot M, Meisterfeld R, Mitchell EAD, Lara E. 2016. Phylogenetic reconstruction based on COI reshuffles the taxonomy of hyalosphenid shelled testate amoebae and reveals the convoluted evolution of shell plate shapes. Cladistics 32: 606-623. Doi: 10.1111/cla.12167

Fernández L, Fournier B, Rivera R, Lara E, Mitchell EAD, Hernandez CE. 2016. Water–energy balance, past ecological perturbations and evolutionary constraints shape the latitudinal diversity gradient of soil testate amoebae in south-western South America. Global Ecology and Biogeography 25(10): 1216–1227 Doi: 10.1111/geb.12478
The cover of this issue of the journal shows Apodera vas! DOI: 10.1111/geb.12478

Delaine M, Fernández L, Armynot du Châtelet E, Recourt P, Potdevin J-L, Mitchell EAD, Bernard N. 2016. Cinderella's helping pigeons of the microbial world: the potential of testate amoebae for identifying cryptotephra. European Journal of Protistology 55B: 152-164. Doi:10.1016/j.ejop.2016.05.003

Puppe D, Höhn A, Kaczorek D, Wanner M, Sommer M. 2016. As time goes by—Spatiotemporal changes of biogenic Si pools in initial soils of an artificial catchment in NE Germany. Applied Soil Ecology 105: 9-16. Doi: 10.1016/j.apsoil.2016.01.020

Payne RJ, Babeshko K, van Bellen S, Blackford JJ, Booth RK, Charman DJ, Ellershaw MR, Gilbert D, Hughes PDM, Jassey VEJ, Lamentowicz Ł, Lamentowicz M, Malysheva EA, Mauquoy D, Mazei Y, Mitchell EAD, Swindles GT, Tsyganov AN, Turner TE, Telford RJ. 2016. Significance testing testate amoeba water table reconstructions. Quaternary Science Reviews 138: 131-135. Doi: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2016.01.030

Qin Y, Man B, Kosakyan A, Lara E, Heger TJ, Gu Y, Wang H, Mitchell EAD. 2016. Description of Nebela jiuhuensis nov.sp. (Amoebozoa; Arcellinida; Hyalospheniidae; Nebela ansata-hippocrepis-saccifera clade) from Sphagnum peatlands in south central China. Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology 63(5): 558-566. Doi: 10.1111/jeu.12300

Heger TJ, Derungs N, Theurillat J-P, Mitchell EAD. 2016. Testate amoebae like it hot: species richness decreases along a subalpine-alpine altitudinal gradient in both natural Calluna vulgaris litter and transplanted Minuartia sedoides cushions. Microbial Ecology 71(3): 725-734. Doi: 10.1007/s00248-015-0687-3

Seppey CVW, Fournier B, Szelecz I, Singer D, Mitchell EAD, Lara E. 2016. Response of forest soil euglyphid testate amoebae (Rhizaria: Cercozoa) to pig cadavers assessed by high-throughput sequencing. International Journal of Legal Medicine 130(2), 551-562. Doi: 10.1007/s00414-015-1149-7

Lara E, Roussel-Delif L, Fournier B, Mitchell EAD. 2016. Soil microorganisms behave like macroscopic organisms: patterns in the global distribution of soil euglyphid testate amoeba. Journal of Biogeography 43(3): 520-532. Doi: 10.1111/jbi.12660

Fournier B, Coffey EED, van der Knaap WO, Fernández LD, Bobrov A, Mitchell EAD. 2016. A legacy of human-induced ecosystem changes: Spatial processes drive the taxonomic and functional diversities of testate amoebae in Sphagnum peatlands of the Galápagos. Journal of Biogeography 43(3): 533-543. Doi: 10.1111/jbi.12655

Marcisz K, Tinner W, Colombaroli D, Kołaczek P, Słowiński M, Fiałkiewicz-Kozieł B, Łokas E, Lamentowicz M. 2015. Long-term hydrological dynamics and fire history over the last 2000 years in CE Europe reconstructed from a high-resolution peat archive. Quaternary Science Reviews 112, 138-152. DOI: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2015.01.019

Luketa S. 2015. Morphological variability of two Quadrulella species (Arcellinida: Hyalospheniidae) from the Vlasina Lake region of Serbia. Biologia Serbica 37: 22-30.

Luketa S. 2015. Description of the family Padaungiellidae and morphological variability of Padaungiella lageniformis (Amoebozoides: Arcellinida) from the Vlasina Lake area, Serbia. Archives of Biological Sciences 67: 1331-1337. doi: 10.2298/ABS150312110L

Jassey VEJ, Signarbieux C, Hättenschwiler S, Bragazza L, Buttler A, Delarue F, Fournier B, Gilbert D, Laggoun-Défarge F, Lara E, Mills RTE, Mitchell EAD, Payne R, Robroek BJM. 2015. An unexpected role for mixotrophs in the response of peatland carbon cycling to climate warming. Scientific Reports 5:16931. Doi: 10.1038/srep16931

Bobrov A, Kosakyan A. 2015. A New Species from Mountain Forest Soils in Japan: Porosia paracarinata sp. nov., and Taxonomic Concept of the Genus Porosia Jung, 1942. Acta Protozoologica 54: 289–294. doi:10.4467/16890027AP.15.024.3538

Geisen S, Rosengarten J, Koller R, Mulder C, Urich T, Bonkowski M. 2015. Pack hunting by a common soil amoeba on nematodes. Environmental Microbiology 17 (11): 4538–4546, doi: 10.1111/1462-2920.12949

Mitchell EAD 2015 Pack hunting by minute soil testate amoebae: nematode hell is a naturalist's paradise. Environmental Microbiology. 17 (11): 4145-4147. doi: 10.1111/1462-2920.13025 - now on open access

Fernández LD, Lara E, Mitchell EAD. 2015. Checklist, diversity and distribution of testate amoebae in Chile. European Journal of Protistology 51: 409-424

Lahr DJG, Bosak T, Lara E, Mitchell EAD. The Phanerozoic diversification of silica-cycling testate amoebae and its possible links to changes in terrestrial ecosystems. PeerJ. 2015 Sep 8;3:e1234.

Fournier B, Lara E, Jassey VEJ, Mitchell EAD. 2015. Functional traits of testate amoebae inform on past community assembly processes and consequences for ecosystem functioning. The Holocene 25(9): 1375-1383. Doi: 10.1177/0959683615585842

Kosakyan A, Mulot M, Mitchell EAD, Lara E. 2015. Environmental DNA COI barcoding for quantitative analysis of protists communities: A test using the Nebela collaris complex (Amoebozoa; Arcellinida; Hyalospheniidae). European Journal of Protistology 51 (4): 311-320. Doi: 10.1016/j.ejop.2015.06.005 Open access here:

Koenig I, Feldmeyer-Christe E, Mitchell EAD. Comparative ecology of vascular plant, bryophyte and testate amoeba communities in four Sphagnum peatlands along an altitudinal gradient in Switzerland Ecological Indicators 54: 48-59. Doi: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2015.01.043.

Puppe D, Ehrmann O, Kaczorek D, Wanner M, Sommer M. 2015. The protozoic Si pool in temperate forest ecosystems - quantification, abiotic controls and interactions with earthworms. Geoderma 243-244: 196-204. Doi:

Gomaa F, Yang J, Mitchell EAD, Zhang W-J, Yu Z, Lara E. 2015. Recent diversification in the Asian Endemic Difflugia morphospecies (Amoebozoa: Arcellinida). Protist 166: 122-130. Doi:10.1016/j.protis.2014.11.004.

Singer D, Kosakyan A, Pillonel A, Mitchell EAD, Lara E. 2015. Eight species in the Nebela collaris complex: Nebela gimlii (Arcellinida, Hyalospheniidae), a new species described from a Swiss raised bog. European Journal of Protistology 51: 79-85. Doi:10.1016/j.ejop.2014.11.004

Tsyganov AN, Komarov AA, Mitchell EAD, Shimano S, Smirnova O, Aleynikov A, Mazei Y. 2015. Soil testate amoeba diversity is determined primarily by vegetation and habitat type in pristine taiga. European Journal of Protistology 51: 42-54. Doi:

Fernandez LD. 2015. Source–sink dynamics shapes the spatial distribution of soil protists in an arid shrubland of northern Chile. Journal of Arid Environments. Volume 113, Pages 121–125; doi: 10.1016/j.jaridenv.2014.10.007

Marcisz K, Lamentowicz L, Slowinska S, Slowinski M, Muszak W, Lamentowicz M. 2014. Seasonal changes in Sphagnum peatland testate amoeba communities along a hydrological gradient. European Journal of Protistology. 50(5): 445-455. DOI: 10.1016/j.ejop.2014.07.001

Lahr, Daniel JG, Haywood Dail Laughinghouse, Angela M Oliverio, Feng Gao, and Laura A Katz. 2014. How Discordant Morphological and Molecular Evolution among Microorganisms Can Revise Our Notions of Biodiversity on Earth. BioEssays 36 (10): 950–59.

Wanner M, Elmer M, Sommer M, Funk R, Puppe D. 2015. Testate amoebae colonizing a newly exposed land surface are of airborne origin. Ecological Indicators. Volume 48, Pages 55-62; doi:10.1016/j.ecolind.2014.07.037

Puppe D, Kaczorek D, Wanner M, Sommer M. 2014. Dynamics and drivers of the protozoic Si pool along a 10-year chronosequence of initial ecosystem states. Ecological Engineering. Volume 70, Pages 477-482; doi:10.1016/j.ecoleng.2014.06.011

Butenschoen O, Krashevska V, Maraun M, Marian F, Sandmann D, Scheu S. 2014. Litter mixture effects on decomposition in tropical montane rainforests vary strongly with time and turn negative at later stages of decay. Soil Biology and Biochemistry. Volume 77, Pages 121–128

Krashevska V, Sandmann D, Maraun M, Scheu S. 2014. Moderate changes in nutrient input alter tropical microbial and protist communities and belowground linkages. The ISME Journal (2014) 8, 1126–1134; doi:10.1038/ismej.2013.209

van Bellen, S, Mauquoy, D, Payne, RJ, Roland, TP, Daley, TJ, Hughes, PDM, Loader, NJ, Street-Perrott, FA, Rice, EM, Pancotto, VA. 2014. Testate amoebae as a proxy for reconstructing Holocene water table dynamics in southern Patagonian peat bogs. Journal of Quaternary Science. 29: 463-474

Mitchell EAD, Lamentowicz M, Payne RJ, Mazei Y. 2014. Effect of taxonomic resolution on ecological and palaeoecological inference – a test using testate amoeba water table depth transfer functions. Quaternary Science Reviews. 91: 62-69. doi: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2014.03.006

Fiz-Palacios O, Leander BS, Heger TJ. 2014. Old Lineages in a New Ecosystem: Diversification of Arcellinid Amoebae (Amoebozoa) and Peatland Mosses. Protist 165(2): 196–207. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0095238

Oliverio AM, Lahr DJG, Nguyen T, Katz LA. 2014. Cryptic Diversity within Morphospecies of Testate Amoebae (Amoebozoa: Arcellinida) in New England Bogs and Fens. PlosOne 9(4): 196–207. doi: 10.1016/j.protis.2014.02.001

Gomaa F, Kosakyan A, Heger TJ, Corsaro D, Mitchell EAD, Lara E. 2014. One Alga to Rule them All: Unrelated Mixotrophic Testate Amoebae (Amoebozoa, Rhizaria and Stramenopiles) Share the Same Symbiont (Trebouxiophyceae). Protist 165(2): 161-176. doi: /10.1016/j.protis.2014.01.002
This paper was the most saved Protist article on Mendeley for 2015!

Marcisz K, Fournier B, Gilbert D, Lamentowicz M, Mitchell EAD. 2014. Response of Sphagnum peatland testate amoebae to a 1-year transplantation experiment along an artificial hydrological gradient. Microbial Ecology 67: 810-818. doi: 10.1007/s00248-014-0367-8

Szelecz I, Fournier B, Seppey C, Amendt J, Mitchell E. 2014. Can soil testate amoebae be used for estimating the time since death? A field experiment in a deciduous forest. Forensic Science International 236: 90–98. doi: 10.1016/j.forsciint.2013.12.030

Sommer M, Jochheim H, Höhn A, Breuer J, Zagorski Z, Busse J, Barkusky D, Meier K, Puppe D, Wanner M, Kaczorek D. 2013. Si cycling in a forest biogeosystem – the importance of transient state biogenic Si pools. Biogeosciences. Volume 10, Pages 4991-5007; doi:10.5194/bg-10-4991-2013

Rillig MC, Camenzind T, Gawlik J, Haug I, Krashevska V, Maraun M, Sandmann D, Scheu S. Diversity in Soil Fungi, Protists, and Microarthropods. Ecosystem Services, Biodiversity and Environmental Change in a Tropical Mountain Ecosystem of South Ecuador. Ecological Studies Volume 221, 2013, pp 81-92

Werner FA, Jantz N, Krashevska V, Peters T, Behling H, Maraun M, Scheu S, Brehm G. Climate Change: Effects on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning. Ecosystem Services, Biodiversity and Environmental Change in a Tropical Mountain Ecosystem of South Ecuador. Ecological Studies Volume 221, 2013, pp 247-263

Chatelain AP, Meisterfeld R, Roussel-Delif L, Lara E. 2013. Sphenoderiidae (fam. nov.), a New Clade of Euglyphid Testate Amoebae Characterized by Small, Round Scales Surrounding the Aperture. Protist, 164: 782–792
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Dalton LA, Bosak T, Macdonald FA, Lahr DJG, Pruss SB. 2013. Preservational and Morphological Variability of Assemblages of Agglutinated Eukaryotes in Cryogenian Cap Carbonates of Northern Namibia. PALAIOS. 28(2):67–79

Lahr DJG, Grant JR, Katz LA. 2013. Multigene Phylogenetic Reconstruction of the Tubulinea (Amoebozoa) Corroborates Four of the Six Major Lineages, while Additionally Revealing that Shell Composition Does not Predict Phylogeny in the Arcellinida. Protist 164 (30):323-339, ISSN 1434-4610

Heger TJ, Mitchell EAD, Leander BS. 2013. Holarctic phylogeography of the testate amoeba Hyalosphenia papilio (Amoebozoa: Arcellinida) reveals extensive genetic diversity explained more by environmental than dispersal limitation. Molecular Ecology 22: 5172-5184. doi: 10.1111/mec.12449

Lamentowicz M, Bragazza L, Buttler A, Jassey VEJ, Mitchell EAD. 2013. Seasonal patterns of testate amoeba diversity, community structure and species-environment relationships in four Sphagnum-dominated peatlands along a 1300 m elevation gradient in Switzerland – functional implications for C cycling. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 67: 1-11. doi: 10.1016/j.soilbio.2013.08.002

Jassey VEJ, Meyer C, Dupuy C, Bernard N, Mitchell EAD, Toussaint M-L, Metian M, Chatelain AP, Gilbert D. 2013. To what extent do food preferences explain the trophic position of heterotrophic and mixotrophic testate amoebae in a Sphagnum-peatland? Microbial Ecology 66: 571-580. doi: 10.1007/s00248-013-0262-8

Qin Y, Mitchell EAD, Lamentowicz M, Payne RJ, Lara E, Gu Y, Huang X, Wang H. 2013. Ecology of testate amoebae in peatlands of Central China and developing a transfer function for palaeohydrological reconstruction. Journal of Paleolimnology 50:319–330. doi: 10.1007/s10933-013-9726-6

Jassey VEJ, Chiapusio G, Binet P, Buttler A, Laggoun-Défarge F, Delarue F, Bernard N, Mitchell EAD, Tousaint M-L, Francez A-J, Gilbert D. 2013. Above- and belowground linkages in Sphagnum peatland: climate warming affects plant-microbial interactions. Global Change Biology. 19: 811-823. doi: 10.1111/gcb.12075

Qin Y, Fournier B, Lara E, Gu Y, Wang H, Cui Y, Zhang X, Mitchell EAD. 2013. Relationships between testate amoeba communities and water quality in Lake Donghu, a large alkaline lake in Wuhan, China. Frontiers of Earth Science, 7: 1-9. doi: 10.1007/s11707-013-0352-4

Kosakyan A, Gomaa F, Mitchell EAD, Heger TJ, Lara E. 2012. Using DNA-barcoding for sorting out protist species complexes - a case study of the Nebela tincta-collaris-bohemica group (Amoebozoa; Arcellinida, Hyalospheniidae). European Journal of Protistology 49: 222-237. doi: 10.1016/j.ejop.2012.08.006

Gomaa F, Mitchell EAD, Lara E. 2013 Amphitremida (Poche, 1913) is a new major, ubiquitous labyrinthulomycete clade. PLoS ONE 8(1): e53046. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0053046

Mitchell EAD, Payne RJ, van der Knaap WO, Lamentowicz Ł, Gąbka M, Lamentowicz M. 2013. The performance of single- and multi-proxy transfer functions (testate amoebae, bryophytes, vascular plants) for reconstructing mire surface wetness and pH. Quaternary Research 79: 6-23. doi. 10.1016/j.yqres.2012.08.004


Fernández LD, Zapata J, Meisterfeld R, Baessolo L, 2012. First records and community Pattern of Arcellinida inhabiting a pristine and remote island from southeastern Pacific, Chile. Acta Protozoologica 51, 139-154

Krashevska V., Sandmann D., Maraun M., Scheu S., 2012. Consequences of exclusion of precipitation on microorganisms and microbial consumers in montane tropical rainforests. Oecologia 170, 1067-1076

Krashevska V, Maraun M, Scheu S. 2012. How does litter quality affect the community of soil protists (testate amoebae) of tropical montane rainforests? FEMS Microbiology Ecology 80, 603-607

Tsyganov A., Embulaeva E., Mazei Yu. 2012. Distribution of soil testate amoeba assemblages along catenas in the northern taiga zone (Karelia, Russia). Protistology. 7(2): 71-78

Mazei Yu., Marfina O., Chernyshov V. 2012. Distribution of soil-inhabiting testate amoebae along a mountain slope (Baikal Lake region, Khamar-Daban ridge, Cherskii peak). Biology Bulletin. 39(10): 800-804

Lahr DJG, Lara E, Mitchell EAD. 2012. Time to regulate microbial eukaryote nomenclature. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 107, 469–476.

Adl SM, Simpson AGB, Lane CE, Lukeš J, Bass D, Bowser SS, Brown MW, Burki F, Dunthorn M, Hampl V, Heiss A, Hoppenrath M, Lara E, le Gall L, Lynn DH, McManus H, Mitchell EAD, Mozley-Stanridge SE, Parfrey LW, Pawlowski J, Rueckert S, Shadwick L, Schoch CL, Smirnov A, Spiegel FW. 2012. The Revised Classification of Eukaryotes. Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology 59: 429-514. doi: 10.1111/j.1550-7408.2012.00644.x

Payne RJ, Mitchell EAD, Nguyen-Viet H, Gilbert D. 2012. Can pollution bias peatland palaeoclimate reconstruction? Quaternary Research. 78: 170–173. doi:10.1016/j.yqres.2012.05.004

Payne RJ, Telford RJ, Blackford JJ, Blundell A, Booth RK, Charman DJ, Lamentowicz Ł, Lamentowicz M, Mitchell EAD, Potts G, Swindles GT, Warner BG, Woodland WA. 2012. Testing peatland testate amoeba transfer functions: appropriate methods for clustered training-sets. The Holocene. 22(7): 819-825. doi: 10.1177/0959683611430412

Mazei YA, Malysheva EA, Lapteva EM, Komarov AA, Taskaeva AA. 2012. The role of the floodplain gradient in structuring of testate amoebae communities in the Ilych River. Biology Bulletin. 39(4): 368-374.

Mazei Yu., Belyakova O., Trulova A., Guidolin L., Coppellotti O. 2012. Testate amoebae communities from caves of some territories in European Russia and North-Eastern Italy. Protistology. 7(1): 42–50.

Bobrov A, Shimano S, Mazei Yu. 2012. Two New Species of Testate Amoebae from the Mountain Forests soil of Japan and Redescription of the Genus Deharvengia. Acta Protozoologica. 51(1): 55–63.

Bobrov AA, Wetterich S. 2012. Testate amoebae of arctic tundra landscapes. Protistology. 7(1): 51–58.

Bobrov A., Mazei Yu., Chernyshov V., Gong Y., Feng W. 2012. Testate amoebae communities from some freshwater and soil habitats in China (Hubei and Shandong provinces). Frontiers of Earth Sciences. 2012. 6(1): 1–9.

Hájková P., Grootjans A., Lamentowicz M., Rybníčková E., Madaras M., Opravilová V., Michaelis D., Hájek M., Joosten H., Wołejko L. 2012. How a Sphagnum fuscum dominated bog changed into a calcareous fen: the unique Holocene history of a Slovak spring fed mire. Journal of Quaternary Science. DOI: 10.1002/jqs.153

Kosakyan A, Heger TJ, Leander BS, Todorov M, Mitchell EAD, Lara E. 2012. COI Barcoding of Nebelid Testate Amoebae (Amoebozoa: Arcellinida): Extensive Cryptic Diversity and Redefinition of Family Hyalospheniidae Schultze. Protist 163(3): 415-434. doi: 10.1016/j.protis.2011.10.003

Tsyganov AN, Aerts R, Nijs I, Cornelissen JHC, Beyens L. 2012. Sphagnum-dwelling Testate Amoebae in Subarctic Bogs are More Sensitive to Soil Warming in the Growing Season than in Winter: the Results of Eight-year Field Climate Manipulations. Protist 163(3): 400-414 DOI: 10.1016/j.protis.2011.07.005.

Gomaa F, Todorov M, Heger TJ, Mitchell EAD, Lara E. 2012. SSU rRNA phylogeny of Arcellinida (Amoebozoa) reveals that the largest Arcellinida genus, Difflugia Leclerc 1815, is not monophyletic. Protist 163(3): 389-399 doi:10.1016/j.protis.2011.12.001

Fournier B, Malysheva E, Mazei Y, Moretti M, Mitchell EAD. 2012. Toward the use of testate amoeba functional traits as indicator of floodplain restoration success. European Journal of Soil Biology. 49: 85-91. doi:10.1016/j.ejsobi.2011.05.008

Heger TJ, Straub F, Mitchell EAD. 2012. Impact of farming practices on soil diatoms and testate amoebae: A pilot study in the DOK-Trial at Therwil, Switzerland. European Journal of Soil Biology. 49: 31-36. doi: doi:10.1016/j.ejsobi.2011.08.007

Payne R, Lamentowicz M, van der Knaap WO, van Leeuwen J, Mitchell EAD, Mazei Y. 2012. Testate amoebae in pollen slides. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology. 173 68–79. doi:10.1016/j.revpalbo.2011.09.006

Wilkinson D, Koumoutsaris S, Mitchell EAD, Bey I. 2012. Modelling the effect of size on the aerial dispersal of microorganisms. Journal of Biogeography. 39: 89–97. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2699.2011.02569.x

Wanner M. 2012. Immediate effects of prescribed burning on terrestrial testate amoebae in a continental Calluna heathland. Ecological Engineering. Volume 42, Pages 101-106; doi: 10.1016/j.ecoleng.2012.01.015

Ehrmann O, Puppe D, Wanner M, Kaczorek D, Sommer M. 2012. Testate amoebae in 31 mature forest ecosystems – Densities and micro-distribution in soils. European Journal of Protistology. Volume 48, Pages 161-168; doi:10.1016/j.ejop.2012.01.003


Mazei Yu.A., Belyakova O.I. 2011. Testate amoebae community structure in the moss biotopes of streams. Biology Bulletin. 38(10): 1008-1013. doi: 10.1134/S1062359011100128

van der Knaap WO, Lamentowicz M, van Leeuwen JFN, Hangartner S, Leuenberger M, Mauquoy D, Goslar T, Mitchell EAD, Lamentowicz Ł, Kamenik C. 2011. A multi-proxy, high-resolution record of peatland development and its drivers during the last millennium from the subalpine Swiss Alps. Quaternary Science Reviews. 30: 3467-3480. doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2011.06.017

Ooms M., Beyens L., Temmerman S. 2011. Testate amoebae as estuarine water-level indicators: modern distribution and the development of a transfer function from a freshwater tidal marsh (Scheldt estuary, Belgium). Journal of Quaternary Science 26(8):819-828. DOI: 10.1002/jqs.1510

Mazei Yu., Chernyshov V. 2011. Testate amoebae communities in the southern tundra and forest-tundra of Western Siberia. Biology Bulletin. Volume 38, Number 8, 789-796, DOI: 10.1134/S1062359011080036

van der Knaap, W.O., Lamentowicz, M., van Leeuwen, J.F.N., Hangartner, S., Leuenberger, M., Mauquoy, D., Goslar, T., Mitchell, E.A.D., Lamentowicz, Ł., Kamenik, C. 2011. A multi-proxy, high-resolution record of peatland development and its drivers during the last millennium from the subalpine Swiss Alps. Quaternary Science Reviews 30 (23-24): 3467–3480 DOI:10.1016/j.quascirev.2011.06.017

Lamentowicz, Ł., Gąbka, M., Rusińska, A., Sobczyński, T., Owsianny, P. M. and Lamentowicz M. 2011. Testate amoeba (Protists) ecology along a poor-rich gradient in fens of western Poland. International Review of Hydrobiology 96, 356-380.

Heger TJ, Booth RK, Sullivan ME, Wilkinson DM, Warner BG, Asada T, Mazei Y, Meisterfeld R, Mitchell EAD. 2011. Rediscovery of Nebela ansata (Amoebozoa: Arcellinida) in eastern North America: biogeographical implications. Journal of Biogeography 38:1897–1906

Sullivan ME, Booth RK. 2011. The potential influence of short-term environmental variability on the composition of testate amoeba communities in Sphagnum peatlands. Microbial Ecology 62:80–93

Bosak T, Lahr DJG, Pruss SB, Macdonald FA, Dalton L, Matys E. 2011. Agglutinated tests in post-Sturtian cap carbonates of Namibia and Mongolia. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 308:29-40.

Lahr DJG, Grant J, Nguyen T, Lin JH, Katz LA (2011) Comprehensive Phylogenetic Reconstruction of Amoebozoa Based on Concatenated Analyses of SSU-rDNA and Actin Genes. PLoS ONE 6(7): e22780. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0022780

Bernasconi SM, Bauder A, Bourdon B, Brunner I, Bünemann E, Christl I, Derungs N, Edwards P, Farinotti D, Frey B, Frossard E, Furrer G, Gierga M, Göransson H, Gülland K, Hagedorn F, Hajdas I, Hindshaw R, Ivy-Ochs S, Jansa J, Jonas T, Kiczka M, Kretzschmar R, Lemarchand E, Luster J, Magnusson J, Mitchell EAD, Olde Venterink H, Plötze M, Reynolds B, Smittenberg R, Stähli M, Tamburini F, Tipper ET, Wacker L, Welc M, Wiederhold JG, Zeyer J, Zimmermann S, Zumsteg A. 2011. Chemical and biological gradients along the Damma Glacier soil chronosequence (Switzerland). Vadose Zone Journal 10: 867–883. doi:10.2136/vzj2010.0129

Jassey VEJ, Gilbert D, Binet P, M-L Toussaint, Chiapusio G. 2011. Effect of a temperature gradient on Sphagnum fallax and its associated living microbial communities: a study under controlled conditions. Canadian Journal of Microbiology 57(3): 226-235. doi: 10.1139/W10-116

Mazei Yu., Blinokhvatova Yu., Embulaeva E. 2011. Specific features of the microspatial distribution of soil testate amoebae in the forests of the Middle Volga region. Arid Ecosystems. 1(1): 46-52. doi: 10.1134/S2079096111010069

Tsyganov AN, Nijs I, Beyens L. 2011. Does climate warming stimulate or inhibit soil protist communities? A test on testate amoebae in high-Arctic tundra with Free Air Temperature Increase. Protist 162(2) 237–248. doi:10.1016/j.protis.2010.04.006

Lahr DJG, Wegener Parfrey L, Mitchell EAD, Katz LA, Lara E. 2011. The chastity of amoebae: re-evaluating evidence for sex in amoeboid organisms. Proceeding of the Royal Society B- Biological Sciences 278(1715): 2081-2090. doi:10.1098/rspb.2011.0289
nb. This paper has attracted quite some attention on the web. For example see [
the "Tree of Life" Blog of Jonathan A. Eisen who delivered a "Best Science Paper Endings Award" to this paper for the last sentence "When discussing the sex of amoeboid protists, the existing evidence does not evoke chastity but rather Kama Sutra"!]

Lahr DJG, Souza MBG. 2011. Occurrence of the lobose testate amoeba Pseudonebela africana (Amoebozoa, Arcellinida) in the Brazilian “cerrado”. European Journal of Protistology. 47(3) 231–234.

Lara E, Heger TJ, Scheihing R, Mitchell EAD. 2011. Cytochrome c oxidase subunit I gene and ecological data suggest size-dependent high dispersal and low intra-specific diversity in free-living terrestrial protists (Euglyphida: Assulina). Journal of Biogeography. 68: 640-650. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2699.2010.02426.x

Qin Y, Xie S, Smith HG, Swindles GT, Gu Y. 2011. Diversity, distribution and biogeography of testate amoebae in China: Implications for ecological studies in Asia. European Journal of Protistology 47(1):1-9

Jassey VEJ, Chapuiso G, Mitchell EAD, Binet P, Toussaint M-L, Gilbert D. 2011. Fine-scale horizontal and vertical micro-distribution patterns of testate amoebae along a narrow fen/bog gradient. Microbial Ecology 61:374–385. doi: 10.1007/s00248-010-9756-9

Lahr DJG, Nguyen TB, Barbero E, Katz LA. 2011. Evolution of the Actin Gene Family in Testate Lobose Amoebae (Arcellinida) is Characterized by Two Distinct Clades of Paralogs and Recent Independent Expansions. Molecular Biology and Evolution 28: 223-236

Payne RJ, Lamentowicz M, Mitchell EAD. 2011. The perils of taxonomic inconsistency in quantitative palaeoecology: experiments with testate amoeba data. Boreas 40: 15–27

Vohník M, Burdíková Z, Vyhnal A, Koukol O. 2011. Interactions Between Testate Amoebae and Saprotrophic Microfungi in a Scots Pine Litter Microcosm. Microbial Ecology, 61(3) 660-668. DOI: 10.1007/s00248-010-9777-4

Lara, E, Mitchell EAD, Moreira D, López García P. 2011. Highly diverse and temporally changing protist community in a pristine peat bog. Protist 162(1) 14-32

Heger TJ. Pawlowski J, Golemanski V, Todorov M, Lara E, Mitchell EAD. 2011. Comparing potential COI and SSU rDNA barcodes for assessing the diversity and phylogenetic relationships of cyphoderiid testate amoebae (Rhizaria: Euglyphida). Protist 162(1) 131-141. doi: 10.1016/j.protis.2010.05.002


Bobrov A., Mazei Yu., Tiunov A. 2010. Testate amoebae of a monsoon tropical forest of south VietNam. Acta Protozoologica. 49(4): 311-325.

Krashevska, V., Maraun, M., Ruess, L., Scheu, S., 2010. Carbon and nutrient limitation of soil microorganisms and microbial grazers in a tropical montane rain forest. Oikos 119, 1020-1028

Krashevska, V., Maraun, M., Ruess, L., Scheu, S., 2010. Micro- and macroscale changes in density and diversity of testate amoebae of tropical montane rain forests of southern Ecuador. Acta Protozoologica 49, 17–28

Booth RK, Meyers B. 2010. Environmental controls on pore number in Hyalosphenia papilio: implications for paleoenvironmental reconstruction. Acta Protozoologica 49: 29-35

Wall A, Magny M, Mitchell EAD, Vannière B, Gilbert D. 2010. Response of testate amoeba assemblages to environmental and climatic changes during the Lateglacial–Holocene transition at Lake Lautrey (Jura Mountains, eastern France). Journal of Quaternary Science 25(6) 945-956

Wall A, Gilbert D, Magny M, Mitchell EAD. 2010. Testate amoeba analysis of lake sediments: impact of filter size and total count on estimates of density, diversity and community structure. Journal of Paleolimnology 43: 689–704

Carlson ML, Flagstad L, Gillet F, Mitchell EAD. 2010. Community development along a proglacial chronosequence: are aboveground and belowground community structure controlled more by biotic than abiotic factors? Journal of Ecology 98, 1084-1095

Lamentowicz M, Lamentowicz Ł, van der Knaap WO, Gąbka M, Mitchell EAD. 2010. Contrasting species—environment relationships in communities of testate amoebae, bryophytes and vascular plants along the fen–bog gradient. Microbial Ecology 59: 499–510

Lamentowicz M, van der Knaap WO, Lamentowicz Ł, van Leeuwen JFN, Mitchell EAD, Goslar T, Kamenik C. 2010. A near-annual palaeohydrological study based on testate amoebae from an Alpine mire: surface wetness and the role of climate during the instrumental period Journal of Quaternary Science 25(2): 190-202

Lamentowicz M, van der Knaap WO, van Leeuwen JFN, Hangartner S, Mitchell EAD, Goslar T, Tinner W, Kamenik C. 2010. A multi-proxy high-resolution approach to reconstructing past environmental change from an Alpine peat archive. Page news 18(1) 13-16

Heger TJ, Mitchell EAD, Todorov M, Golemansky V, Lara E, Pawlowski J. 2010. Molecular phylogeny of euglyphid testate amoebae (Cercozoa: Euglyphida) suggest transitions between marine supralittoral and freshwater/terrestrial environments are infrequent. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 55: 113-122

Wilkinson D, Mitchell EAD. 2010. Testate amoebae and nutrient cycling; with particular reference to soil. Geomicrobiology Journal 27: 520-533 doi: 10.1080/01490451003702925

General Literature

The literature on testate amoebae is highly scattered and in many cases difficult to find. As a service to the community an EndNote library is provided here (Edward Mitchell, University of Neuchâtel). All papers listed in this library are available as pdf. We will be looking for an easy way to make these accessible, for now hopefully this library will be useful. Our plan is to also make this updatable so that if you have references that are not listed in this library you could add them as well as the corresponding pdf. Any suggestions are welcome!

EndNote library for testate amoeba papers

Medioli et al. reference list (THE THECAMOEBIAN BIBLIOGRAPHY)

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