Peridiniella catenata (Levander) Balech 1977

Chains (alive (BF) and in Lugol (DIC))


Synonym(s): Peridinium catenatum Levander 1894 , Gonyaulax catenata (Levander) Kofoid 1911

Life-form: Solitary or in chains

Size: Length 20-35 µm, width 20-35 µm.

Resting spore:


Distinctive features:

Similar species:

Distribution: Widely in cold and temperate waters

Dodge, J. D. 1987. An SEM study of Peridiniella sphaeroidea and P. catenata (Dinophyceae). Arch. Protistenkd. 134: 139-148.

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.

Hansen, G. & Moestrup, Ø. 1998. Light and electron microscopical observations on Peridiniella catenata (Dinophyceae). Eur. J. Phycol. 33: 293-305.

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