Morphological and molecular characterization of Ptychodiscus noctiluca revealed the polyphyletic nature of the order Ptychodiscales (Dinophyceae)

@article{Gmez2016MorphologicalAM,
  title={Morphological and molecular characterization of Ptychodiscus noctiluca revealed the polyphyletic nature of the order Ptychodiscales (Dinophyceae)},
  author={Fernando G{\'o}mez and Dajun Qiu and JOHN D. Dodge and Rubens M. Lopes and Senjie Lin},
  journal={Journal of Phycology},
  year={2016},
  volume={52}
}
The planktonic dinoflagellate Ptychodiscus noctiluca combined distinctive morphological features such as a disk‐shaped anteroposteriorly compressed cell body and an apical carina, together with a flexible and tough cell covering, suggesting intermediate characteristics between thecate and naked dinoflagellates. Ptychodiscus noctiluca was examined by light, epifluorescence, and scanning electron microscopy from specimens collected in the Mediterranean Sea and the North and South Atlantic Ocean… Expand
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