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Morphology and taxonomy of epizoic diatoms (Epiphalaina and Tursiocola) on a sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) stranded on the coast of Belgium
Denys, L. (1997). Morphology and taxonomy of epizoic diatoms (Epiphalaina and Tursiocola) on a sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) stranded on the coast of Belgium. Diatom Research 12(1): 1-18
In: Diatom Research. Taylor & Francis: Bristol Avon. ISSN 0269-249X; e-ISSN 2159-8347, more
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Keywords
    Algae > Diatoms
    Aquatic organisms > Marine organisms > Aquatic mammals > Marine mammals
    Biology > Organism morphology > Animal morphology
    Classification > Taxonomy
    Stranding
    Epiphalaina aleutica (Nemoto) Holmes, Nagasawa & Takano, 1993 [WoRMS]; Physeter macrocephalus Linnaeus, 1758 [WoRMS]; Tursiocola olympica (Hustedt) Holmes, Nagasawa & Takano, 1993 [WoRMS]; [WoRMS]; Tursiocola staurolineata Denys, 1997 [WoRMS]
    ANE, Belgium [Marine Regions]
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Abstract
    Diatoms were examined from the skin of a male sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus L.) stranded on the Belgian shore in 1994 on its return from the northem Atlantic to more southern latitudes. The morphology (LM and SEM) and taxonomy of the three ceticolous taxa present are discussed. Epiphalaina aleutica Holmes, Nagasawa & Takano var. aleutica was the most abundant species in the material. T. staurolineata Denys spec. nov., separated from T. olympica (Hust.) Holmes,Nagasawa & Takano after examination of type material of the latter, was only slightly less numerous. Tursiocola omurai (Nemoto) Denys nov. comb. occurred only sparingly. In addition, Epiphalaina aleutica var. lineata Denys var. nov., is described from material collected previously on a Dall's porpoise from the northern Pacific.

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