Wigwamma scenozonion sp.nov. (Prymnesiophyceae) from West Greenland

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W. scenozonion sp. nov. (Prymnesiophyceae) is described on the basis of electron microscopy of shadowcast whole mounts prepared from water samples collected in the vicinity of Godhavn (West Greenland) in July and Aug. 1977. This nanoplanktonic coccolithophorid possesses 2 smooth flagella and a shorter coiling haptonema. Coccoliths of one type cover the whole cell. Each coccolith is composed of a ring of rod-like crystallites joined end to end and arranged parallel to the edge of the oval coccolith base-plates. A single enlarged crystallite is found on most coccoliths. W. scenozonion is distinguished from the 2 previously described Wigwamma spp. [W. arctica and W. annulifera] by the lack of coccolith superstructures and by having one, rather than 2 rings of crystallites along the base-plate edge. In addition to the West Greenland specimens a single W. scenozonion cell was encountered in a water sample from Denmark.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBritish Phycological Journal
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)335-342
Publication statusPublished - 1980
Externally publishedYes


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