Peridinium quinquecorne Abé 1927

A living cell (arrowhead=one of the four antapical spines, arrow=eyespot) (DIC)

Synonym(s): Protoperidinium quinquecorne (Abé) Balech 1974

Life-form: Solitary

Size: Length 23-30 µm, width 20-25 µm.

Resting spore:

Note: Wide range of morphological variation. See Horiguchi & Pienaar (1991) and Steidinger & Tangen (1996) for taxonomical discussions

Distinctive features: Five cingular, 2a and 1a plates

Similar species: Peridinium sociale Scrippsiella gregaria

Distribution: Widely

Horiguchi, T. & Pienaar, R. N. 1991. Ultrastructure of a marine dinoflagellate, Peridinium quinquecorneAbé (Peridiniales) from South Africa with particular reference to its chrysophyte endosymbiont. Botanica Marina. 34: 123-131.

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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