Paralia sulcata (Ehrenberg) Cleve 1873

Chains at different focal planes. A&B = Living cells. A&B=(BF), C=(DIC)

Chain (SEM)

Synonym(s): Gaillonella sulcata Ehrenberg 1838 , Melosira sulcata (Ehrenberg) Kützing 1844

Life-form: Cells united in chains

Size: Diameter = 8-130 µm, pervalvar axis 3-45 µm

Resting spore:

Note: With two different valves, bottom form which can be common in coastal plankton

Distinctive features:

Similar species:

Distribution: Worldwide

Crawford, R. M. 1979. Taxonomy and frustular structure of the marine centric diatom Paralia sulcata. Journal of Phycology. 15: 200-210.

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.

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