Actinoptychus senarius (Ehrenberg) Ehrenberg 1843

A living cell at two focal planes (PC)

Synonym(s): Actinocyclus senarius Ehrenberg 1838 , Actinoptychus undulatus (Bailey) Ralfs in Pritchard 1861

Life-form: Solitary on sediment or occasionally in plankton

Size: Diameter = 20 - 150 µm

Resting spore:


Distinctive features: Valves usually divided in six sectors

Similar species:

Distribution: Worldwide

Drebes, G. 1974. Marines Phytoplankton, Eine Auswahl der Helgoländer Planktonalgen (Diatomeen, Peridineen). Georg Thieme Verlag, Stuttgart. 186 pp.

Hasle, G. R. & Syvertsen, E. E. 1996. Marine diatoms. In: Tomas, C. R. (ed.) Identifying marine diatoms and dinoflagellates. Academic Press, Inc., San Diego, p. 5-385.

Hendey, N. I. 1964. An introductory account of the smaller algae of British coastal waters. Part 5: Bacillariophyceae (Diatoms). HSMO, London. 317 pp.

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