Lingulodinium polyedrum (Stein) Dodge 1989

A-C = Cell in different views; D = Cyst; E = Squashed cell in ventral view. A-D (BF), E (DIC)

Theca (SEM) and cyst (DIC)

Synonym(s): Gonyaulax polyedra Stein 1883

Life-form: Solitary

Size: Length and width 42-54 µm.

Resting spore: +

Note: Toxic

Distinctive features: The polyedral shaped swiming cell, characteristic cyst

Similar species:

Distribution: Widely in warm temperate and tropical waters

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

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.

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