Gonyaulax scrippsae Kofoid 1911

Motile cell (Lugol, DIC) and cyst (BF, courtesy of Anna Godhe)


Life-form: Solitary

Size: Length 20-57 µm, width 27-40 µm.

Resting spore: +

Note: Species-complex ?

Distinctive features: Longitudinal striation and vertical bars across the girdle, without antapical spines. Cyst.

Similar species:

Distribution: Worldwide

Bolch, C. J. & Hallegraeff, G. M. 1990. Dinoflagellate cysts in recent marine sediments from Tasmania, Australia. Botanica Marina. 33: 173-192.

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

Reid, P. C. 1974. Gonyaulacacean dinoflagellate cysts from the British Isles. Nova Hedwigia. 25: 579-637.

Schiller, J. 1937. Dinoflagellatae (Peridineae) in monographischer Behandlung. Teil 2. Rabenhorst's Kryptogamen-Flora.10, III: 589 pp.

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

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