Pronoctiluca pelagica Fabre-Domergue 1889

A = Living cells (DIC); B = Lugol fixed cells (DIC); Fluorescence of a living cell using blue (=C) and UV-excitation (=D)

Specimen in Lugol

Synonym(s): ? Pronoctiluca spinifera (Lohmann) Schiller 1933

Life-form: Solitary

Size: length 12-45 µm.

Resting spore: +

Note: Could possibly belong to another division (see Steidinger & Tangen 1996)

Distinctive features: Heterotrophic cell with apical tentacle and two anterior flagella

Similar species:

Distribution: Worldwide (?)

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

Schiller, J. 1933. Dinoflagellatae (Peridineae) in monographischer Behandlung. Teil 1. In Rabenhorst's Kryptogamen-Flora. 10, III: 617 pp.

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