Apedinella spinifera (Throndsen) Throndsen 1971

A = A living cell (BF); B = A cell in Lugol (BF) (arrows = spiny scales)

Epifluorescence picture

Synonym(s): Meringosphaera radians Lohmann 1908 (?)

Life-form: Swimming with one flagellum

Size: Cell-length 6.5-10 µm

Resting spore: -


Distinctive features: Six chloroplasts and four to nine spiny scales.

Similar species:

Distribution: Atlantic, Pacific, Mediterranean, Arctic.

Throndsen, J. 1969. Flagellates of Norwegian coastal waters. Nytt Mag. Bot. 16: 161-216.

Throndsen, J. 1971. Apedinella gen. nov. and the fine structure of A. spinifera (Throndsen) comb. nov. Norw. J. Bot. 18: 47-64.

Throndsen, J. 1993. The planktonic marine flagellates. In: Marine Phytoplankton: a guide to naked flagellates and coccolithophorids/edited by Carmelo R. Tomas: 7-145.

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