Phaeocystis scrobiculata Moestrup 1979

The structure of the trichocyst-like material. (DIC)


Life-form: Solitary motile

Size: 8 µm

Resting spore:

Note: The trichocyst-like material and flagellates are sometimes common in dry preparation made from Lugol-samples from coastal waters in the Skagerrak

Distinctive features: Scale structure, length of flagella and haptonema, the structure of the trichocyst-like material

Similar species:

Distribution: New Zealand, Australia, North Atlantic, Skagerrak

Estep, K. W., Davis, P. G., Hargraves, P. E. and Sieburth, J. M. c. N. 1984. Chloroplast containing microflagellates in natural populations of North Atlantic nanoplankton, their identification and distribution; including a description of five new species of Chrysochromulina (Prymnesiophyceae). Protistologica. 20: 613-634.

Hallegraeff, G. M. 1983. Scale-bearing and loricate nanoplankton from the East Australian current. Botanica Marina. 26: 493-515.

Moestrup, Ø. 1979. Identification by electron microscopy of marine nanoplankton from New Zealand, including the description of four new species. N. Z. J. Bot. 17: 61-95.

Moestrup, Ø. & Larsen, J. 1992. Potentially toxic phytoplankton. 1. Haptophyceae (Prymnesiophyceae). In: Lindley, J. A. (ed.) ICES Identification leaflets for plankton. International Council for the exploration of the sea, Copenhagen, p. 1-11.

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