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Tintinnid cysts
Reid, Ph.C.; John, A.W.G. (1978). Tintinnid cysts. J. Mar. Biol. Ass. U.K. 58(3): 551-557
In: Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. Cambridge University Press/Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom: Cambridge. ISSN 0025-3154, more
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Keywords
    Dormancy; Life cycle; Favella serrata (Möbius, 1887) Jörgensen, 1924 [WoRMS]; Helicostomella subulata (Ehrenberg, 1833) Jörgensen, 1924 [WoRMS]; Leprotintinnus pellucidum (Cleve, 1899) [WoRMS]; Parundella caudata (Ostenfeld, 1899) Jörgensen, 1924 [WoRMS]; Tintinnidae Claparède & Lachmann, 1858 [WoRMS]; Marine

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  • Reid, Ph.C., more
  • John, A.W.G.

Abstract
    Distinctive flask-shaped cysts have been observed within the loricae of the tintinnids Favella serrata, Helicostomella subulata, Parundella caudata and Leprotintinnus pellucidus from samples taken by the Continuous Plankton Recorder. Similar cysts occur as a common element in palynological preparations of intertidal sediments from the British Isles. Encystment in tintinnids is now known for over 20 species and appears to be a more important process in the tintinnid life-cycle than previously believed. A possible relationship between tintinnid cysts and the extinct microfossil order Chitinozoa is proposed.

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