Detonula pumila (Castracane) Gran 1900

A&B = Living cells (BF&DIC); C&D = Chain viewed at two focal planes (arrowhead=strutted processes) (DIC); E = Strutted processes. (PC)

Chains with chloroplasts and auxospores

Synonym(s): Lauderia pumila Castracane 1886 , Thalassiosira condensata Cleve 1900 Schroederella schroederi (Bergon) Pavillard 1925

Life-form: Cells united in chains

Size: Diameter = 17-46 µm

Resting spore:


Distinctive features: Conspicuous connecting thread, morphology of external part of the strutted processes, size

Similar species: Detonula moseleyana

Distribution: Worldwide

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

Hasle, G. R. 1973a. Some marine plankton genera of the diatom family Thalassiosiraceae. Beiheft zur Nova Hedwigia. 45: 1-49.

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.

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