Amylax triacantha (Jørgensen) Sournia 1984

Living cells, (BF) and chloroplasts in epifluorescence microscope

Synonym(s): Gonyaulax triacantha Jørgensen 1899

Life-form: Solitary

Size: Length 25-35 µm, width 17-30 µm.

Resting spore:


Distinctive features: Form and hypotheca with one to several spines. Chloroplasts redish

Similar species: Amylax buxus

Distribution: Pacific and Atlantic oceans, cold water species

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Dodge, J. D. 1989. Some revisions of the family Gonyaulacaceae (Dinophyceae) based on a scanning electron microscope study. Botanica Marina. 32: 275-298.

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

Steidinger, K. A. & Tangen, K. 1996. Dinoflagellates. In: Tomas, C. R. (ed.) Identifying marine diatoms and dinoflagellates. Academic Press, Inc., San Diego, p. 387-584.

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