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Two poorly known tintinnine ciliates collected from the coastal waters of PR China, viz., Wang, 1936 and Nie & Ch’eng, 1947, were redescribed and neotypified using live observation, protargol staining and SSU rRNA gene sequencing. Ciliature information and SSU rRNA gene sequence data of both species were revealed for the first time and improved diagnoses were given based on the original descriptions and data from the present study. Further phylogenetic analyses inferred from SSU rRNA gene sequences and morphological data suggested that the genus is polyphyletic and that the genus is non-monophyletic. The approximately unbiased test, however, does not reject the possibility that is monophyletic.

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