Gonyaulax digitale (Pouchet) Kofoid 1911

A = Cell in Lugol; B = Detail of theca; C = Squashed cell; D = Cyst. A-C (DIC), D (BF) courtesy of Anna Godhe


Synonym(s): Protoperidinium digitale Pouchet 1883

Life-form: Solitary

Size: Length 50-75 µm, width 35-50 µm.

Resting spore: +


Distinctive features:

Similar species: Gonyaulax spinifera

Distribution: Worldwide(?)

Dodge, J. D. 1982. Marine Dinoflagellates of the British Isles. Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London. 303 pp.

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

Hansen, G. & Larsen, J. 1992. Dinoflagellater i danske farvande. In: Thomsen, H. A. (ed.) Plankton i de indre danske farvande. Havforskning fra Miljøstyrelsen, Copenhagen, p. 45-155.

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.

Wall, D. and Dale, B.1968b. Modern dinoflagellate cysts and evolution of the Peridiniales. Micropaleontology.14: 265-304.

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