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Volume 42 - Number 1 - 2007

New records of the dinoflagellate Craspedotella Kofoid, 1905 (Dinophyceae: Noctilucales) in the Pacific Ocean

Fernando Gómez1


1 Station Marine de Wimereux, Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille-Lille1, FRE 2816 ELICO CNRS, 28 avenue Foch, BP 80, F-62930 Wimereux, Francia




Specimens assigned to the dinoflagellate genus Craspedotella Kofoid 1905 are reported for the first time after the initial description in the Eastern Pacific.Craspedotella sp. is composed of a dome with radial fibrils in the lower margin and a broad band at the base with unidentified structures, tentatively pores. Another specimen, identified asCraspedotella cf. pileolus, was smaller than the type species. Other specimens with a conical shape and a pointed apex have been assigned to the genus. The morphological discrepancies in the Kofoid’s description and later by Cachon & Cachon make difficult the identification of Craspedotella pileolus

Key words: Craspedotella pileolus, Leptodiscus, Leptodiscaceae, Dinophyta, Pacific Ocean




1Laboratorio de Zooplancton, Instituto de Ciencias del Mar y Limnología,Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. A. P. 70-305, 04510 México, D. F. México
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