Chaetoceros debilis Cleve 1894

A&B = Spirally twisted chain (PC&DIC); C = Production of auxospores (DIC); D = Frustules with conspicuous basal part of setae (PC); E = Valve view (observe setae) (BF)

Resting spores


Life-form: Cells united in chains

Size: Diameter = 10-40 µm

Resting spore: +


Distinctive features: Chains spirally twisted, basal part of setae distinct, setae extending outward from the spiral, resting spore

Similar species: Chaetoceros curvisetus

Distribution: Worldwide mainly in cold waters

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

Rines, J. E. B. & Hargraves, P. E. 1988. The Chaetoceros Ehrenberg (Bacillariophyceae) flora of Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island, USA. Bibliotheca Phycologica 79: 1-196

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