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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 one cell observed.] Cell body 2.8 µm diameter. Body scales of 1 type: short spine scales elliptical to circular, 0.2 × 0.3 µm; distal surface with very faint striae; spine supported by 3 ridges (the shadow casting preparation often makes it resemble a cross or the numeral ‘4’); spine 0.15–0.2 µm long.

Distribution

Southern Ocean, offshore Prydz Bay, East Antarctica, 64°14.4’S 79°07.8’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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