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Authority

Species not formally described.

Class

Haptophyceae/Prymnesiophyceae

Order

Prymnesiales

Family

Prymnesiaceae

Additional References

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Basionym

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Synonyms

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Description

[Only scales observed.] Body scales of 1 type: spine scales with base-plate circular to oval, 2–2.4 µm diameter, with an upwardly flexed rim and a cross-hatched fibrous pattern on distal surface; spine supported by 4 struts; overall length 3.5 µm.

Distribution

Southern Ocean, south of Australia, 52.01°S 134.05°E.

Comments

Chrysochromulina genus description: Cells have homodynamic flagella and a coiling haptonema, and electron microscopy is usually required to identify the species. As well as being photosynthetic, these fragile haptophytes ingest picoplanktonic and nanoplanktonic organisms by phagocytosis.

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