Pterosperma moebii (Jørgensen) Ostenfeld in Ostenfeld & Schmidt 1902

A&B = Phycoma stage in Lugol under different pressure of cover slip (DIC); C = Pores (=arrows) and papillate zone of the outer wall (DIC)


Life-form: Phycoma phase and solitary flagellate

Size: Diameter often=120-200 µm

Resting spore:


Distinctive features: One ring of distinct irregularly spaced pores and a broad band appearing finely and evenly papillose on either side of ala

Similar species: Pterosperma eurypteron Pterosperma rotundatum


Parke, M., Boalch, G. T., Jowett, R. & Harbour, D. S. 1978. The genus Pterosperma (Prasinophyceae): species with a single equatorial ala. J. Mar. Biol. Ass. U.K. 58: 239-276.

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