Micromonas pusilla (Butcher) Manton et Parke 1960


Synonym(s): Chromulina pusilla Butcher 1952

Life-form: Solitary

Size: Length 1-3 µm

Resting spore:


Distinctive features: Small pear-shaped cell with one pyrenoid. Flagellum with terminal microtubles. Characteristic swiming-pattern

Similar species:

Distribution: Worldwide

Manton, I. & Parke, M. 1960. Further observations on small green flagellates with special reference to possible relatives of Chromulina pusilla Butcher. J. Mar. Biol. Ass. U.K. 39: 275-298

Throndsen, J. 1993. The planktonic marine flagellates. In: (Tomas eds.) Marine Phytoplankton: a guide to naked flagellates and coccolithophorids. Academic Press, San Diego, pp. 7-145.

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Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute


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