Emiliania huxleyi (Lohmann) Hay et Mohler 1967

A = Coccospheres (PC); B = Cell viewed at two focal planes (BF); C = Cell with several layers of coccoliths (DIC)

SEM pictures

Synonym(s): Pontosphaera huxleyi Lohmann 1902 , Coccolithus huxleyi (Lohmann) Kamptner 1943 Gephyrocapsa huxleyi (Lohmann) Reinhardt 1972

Life-form: Solitary

Size: Diameter c. 5-10 µm, coccoliths c. 3.5X3 µm

Resting spore:

Note: With three cell types (Heimdal 1993)

Distinctive features: placolith in SEM

Similar species:

Distribution: Worldwide

Heimdal, B. R. 1993. Modern Coccolithophorids. In: Tomas, C. R. (ed.) Marine Phytoplankton: a guide to naked flagellates and coccolithophorids. p. 147-247.

The 1992 Norwegian Emiliania huxleyi experiment. 1994. Sarsia. 79: 285-425

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