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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Testate amoebae in pollen slides
Author(s): Payne, Richard
Lamentowicz, Mariusz
van, der Knaap W O
van, Leeuwen Jacqueline F N
Mitchell, Edward A D
Mazei, Yuri
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Keywords: testate amoebae
non-pollen palynomorphs
Issue Date: Apr-2012
Citation: Payne R, Lamentowicz M, van der Knaap WO, van Leeuwen JFN, Mitchell EAD & Mazei Y (2012) Testate amoebae in pollen slides, Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 173, pp. 68-79.
Abstract: Among the non-pollen micro-fossils commonly encountered in Quaternary sediment samples prepared for pollen analysis are many shells of testate amoebae. Testate amoebae are eukaryotic micro-organisms which are increasingly used in ecological and palaeoecological studies, particularly as indicators of hydrological change in Sphagnum-dominated peatlands. In this study we address the extent to which testate amoebae are used in palynological research, the key challenges to more widespread use, and the extent to which ecological information is retained in the testate amoeba assemblages of standard palynological slides. To achieve this we review the literature on the use of testate amoebae in palynology, compare testate amoeba records produced by palynological and water-based preparation methods and carry out simulations using previously-derived datasets. Our results show that testate amoebae are widely encountered in Quaternary palynological studies, primarily in peatlands, but the information which they can provide is undermined by limited taxonomic knowledge. Many taxa are destroyed in pollen preparations, but for taxa that are retained patterns of abundance parallel those determined using water-based preparation methods. Although the loss of sensitive taxa limits the ecological information contained in testate amoeba assemblages the information preserved is likely to be useful in a multiproxy approach to palaeoenvironmental reconstruction. To help improve taxonomic awareness and encourage the use of testate amoebae in palynology we present a basic introduction to testate amoeba taxonomy and a guide to the taxonomic literature.
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