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Characterization of a Karenia papilionacea-like dinoflagellate from the South China Sea
Yeung, P.K.K.; Hung, V.K.L.; Chan, F.K.C.; Wong, J.T.Y. (2005). Characterization of a Karenia papilionacea-like dinoflagellate from the South China Sea. J. Mar. Biol. Ass. U.K. 85(4): 779-781
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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  • Yeung, P.K.K.
  • Hung, V.K.L.
  • Chan, F.K.C.
  • Wong, J.T.Y.

Abstract
    The morphological characteristics of a new isolate of a dorso-ventrally flattened athecate dinoflagellate obtained from Hong Kong (HK) waters is described. Partial sequences of the large subunit ribosomal RNA gene were obtained and a high degree of similarity was observed with various species within the genus Karenia. Phylogenetic comparison suggested the Karenia sp. HK forms a clade with the newly described species K.papilionacea from New Zealand but not with authentic K.brevis from North America. Karenia sp. HK is the first K.brevis-like dinoflagellate characterized by molecular cladistics from the South China Sea and the results call for re-examination of the status of other K.brevis-like morphotypes described from the region.

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