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Five new species of the nanoflagellate Pirsonia in the German Bight, North Sea, feeding on planktic diatoms
Kühn, S.F.; Drebes, G.; Schnepf, E. (1996). Five new species of the nanoflagellate Pirsonia in the German Bight, North Sea, feeding on planktic diatoms. Helgol. Meeresunters. 50(2): 205-222
In: Helgoländer Meeresuntersuchungen. Biologische Anstalt Helgoland: Hamburg. ISSN 0174-3597, more
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Keywords
    New species; Phytoplankton; Protists; Pirsonia Schnepf, Drebes & Elbrachter, 1990 [WoRMS]; ANE, Germany, German Bight [Marine Regions]; Marine

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  • Kühn, S.F.
  • Drebes, G.
  • Schnepf, E.

Abstract
    The structure, development, and host range of five newly detected species of the phagotrophic nanoflagellate Pirsonia are described. They feed on planktic diatoms common in the North Sea: P. verrucosa sp. nov. (on Rhizosolenia delicatula), P. formosa sp. nov. (on Rhizosolenia setigera), P. diadema sp. nov. (on Coscinodiscus granii and C. wailesii), P. eucampiae (on Eucampia zodiacus) and P. mucosa sp. nov. (on Rhizosolenia shrubsolei). The occurrence of resting cysts in Pirsonia guinardiae is reported. The impact of Pirsonia on phytoplankton communities is discussed.

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