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Affiliation: A. O. Kovalevsky Institute of Biology of the Southern Seas of RAS

Position, academic degree, rank: chief researcher, D. Sc., Prof.

Address: 2 Nakhimov ave., Sevastopol, 299011, Russian Federation



Research area:

fauna, ecology, systematics, evolution, and phylogeny of sessile protists;

investigation of Suctorea, Chonotrichia, and Apostomatia (Ciliophora);

development of the concept of a hydrodynamic boundary layer of a liquid as an adaptive zone for sessile protists;

questions of evolution of protists ontogenesis (ciliates especially) in connection with transition of the latter ones to the sedentary lifestyle;

issues of ontogeny evolution and Metazoa origin.


Membership in editorial boards, scientific communities, and other organizations:

deputy editor-in-chief – scientific journal Biodiversity and Sustainable Development;

member of the editorial board – scientific journal Ecologica Montenegrina;

member of the editorial board – scientific journal Ekosistemy;

member of the editorial board – scientific journal Protistology;

member – International Society of Protistologists;

member – Russian Hydrobiological Society.



Dovgal I., Yamaguchi A., Kojima D., Endo Y. Copterus tyloloricatus (Ciliophora, Suctorea), a new suctorian genus and species. European Journal of Protistology, 2023, vol. 91, art. no. 126036 (5 p.).


Chatterjee T., Sautya S., Dovgal I., Mishra G. Report of epibiont Thecacineta oregonensis (Ciliophora: Suctorea) on Desmodora sp. (Nematoda) at 990 m depth from seamount flank of the Andaman Sea, Indian Ocean. Cahiers de Biologie Marine, 2023, vol. 64, no. 3, pp. 257–260.


Chatterjee T., Sautya S., Dovgal I., Pandey V. New records of epibiont suctorians Actinocyathula homari and Acineta nitocrae (Ciliophora: Suctorea) on harpacticoid copepod from the west coast of India. Protistology, 2023, vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 118–123.


Raschyslov O. D., Dovgal I. V. Variability of the black scorpionfish, Scorpaena porcus Linnaeus, 1758 (Scorpaenidae), from two Black Sea localities. Marine Biological Journal, 2023, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 104–106.


Chatterjee T., Sautya S., Abibulaeva A., Dovgal I. Report of epibiont ciliates on benthic seed shrimps (Crustacea: Ostracoda) from subtidal Mumbai coast of India with addendum to the checklist of ciliates inhabiting ostracods. Cahiers de Biologie Marine, 2022, vol. 63, no. 4, pp. 335–343.


Chatterjee T., Dovgal I., Desai A., Nanajkar M. Report of rotifer-ciliate-gastropod hyperepibiosis found on snail (Mollusca) from Goa, India. Acta Biologica, 2022, no. 28, pp. 81–89.


Fahrni J., Dovgal I., Qu Z. Molecular phylogeny of Chonotrichia (Ciliophora, Phyllopharyngea) inferred from SSU rDNA sequences. European Journal of Protistology, 2022, vol. 86, art. no. 125920 (8 p.).


Durucan F., Dovgal I. New reports of suctorian ciliates (Ciliophora, Suctorea) epibiont on halacarid mites and a harpacticoid copepod from Türkiye. Marine Biological Journal, 2022, vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 28–33.


Chatterjee T., Dovgal I., Fernandes V., Bhaumik A., Nanajkar M. Report of Acineta euchaetae Sewell, 1951 from new locality of the Arabian Sea with notes on their taxonomy and distribution. Zootaxa, 2021, vol. 5039, no. 2, pp. 291–298.


Chatterjee T., Dovgal I., Fernandez-Leborans G. A checklist of ciliates (Ciliophora) inhabiting on cnidarians. Zootaxa, 2021, vol. 5039, no. 2, pp. 151–178.


Baldrighi E., Dovgal I., Zeppilli D., Abibulaeva A., Michelet C., Michaud E., Franzo A., Grassi E., Cesaroni L., Guidi L., Balsamo M., Sandulli R., Semprucci F. The cost for biodiversity: Records of ciliate–nematode epibiosis with the description of three new suctorian species. Diversity, 2020, vol. 12, iss. 6, art. no. 224 (25 p.).


Chatterjee T., Dovgal I., Mayén-Estrada R., Fernandez-Leborans F. A checklist of ciliates (Ciliophora) inhabiting on ostracods (Crustacea, Ostracoda). Zootaxa, 2020, vol. 4763, no. 1, pp. 17–30.


Chatterjee T., Dovgal I., Nanajkar M. Report of ciliate epibionts (Ciliophora) on meiobenthic invertebrates from Indian coast near Karwar, Karnataka. Protistology, 2020, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 84–88.


Chatterjee T., Dovgal I., Schizas N. V. Report of epibiont ciliates (Ciliophora) on harpacticoid copepods from Caribbean mesophotic reefs. Cahiers de Biologie Marine, 2020, vol. 61, no. 1, pp. 131–136.


Chatterjee T., Dovgal I., Fernandez-Leborans G. A checklist of suctorian epibiont ciliates (Ciliophora) found on meiobenthic marine nematodes. Journal of Natural History, 2019, vol. 53, no. 33–34, pp. 2133–2143.


Chatterjee T., Nanajkar M., Dovgal I. New record of Loricophyra stresemanni (Ciliophora: Suctorea) as epibiont on nematodes from the Indian Ocean and notes on the genus Loricophrya. Cahiers de Biologie Marine, 2019, vol. 60, no. 3, pp. 283–288.


Durucan F., Artüz M. L., Dovgal I. V. The first record of Paracineta irregularis (Ciliophora, Suctorea) as epibiont on Rhombognathus halacarid mite (Acari, Halacaridae) from the Sea of Marmara, Turkey. Protistology, 2019, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 67–70.