Amoebophrya ceratii (Koeppen) Cachon, 1964

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Amoebophrya ceratii

A = Ceratium with the trophont; B = Early stage in Pentapharsodinium; C=Mature trophont in a gymnodinioid species; D = Early stage in Actiniscus; E&F = Trophont in epifluor. microscope; G = Vermiforme stage (flagella=arrowheads). A-D and G (DIC); G=In Lugol

Photographer/artist Mats Kuylenstierna

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Title
Amoebophrya ceratii
Photographer/artist
Mats Kuylenstierna
Copyright holder
Maria Kuylenstierna
Institute
University of Gothenburg, Marine botany
Contributor
Bengt Karlson
Caption
A = Ceratium with the trophont; B = Early stage in Pentapharsodinium; C=Mature trophont in a gymnodinioid species; D = Early stage in Actiniscus; E&F = Trophont in epifluor. microscope; G = Vermiforme stage (flagella=arrowheads). A-D and G (DIC); G=In Lugol
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Description

IDs in other systems
Morphology
The mature trophont resembles a classic beehive in shape
Other remarks
Parasite in the cytoplasm or nucleus of many different species of dinoflagellates. A. ceratii may represent a cluster of relatively host-specific species according to Coats et al. (1996).
Distribution: Widely
Life form
Parasite
Literature
Cachon, J. 1964. Contribution a l'étude des Péridinies parasites. Cytologie, cycles évolutifs. Ann. Sci. Nat., 12 ser. 6: 1-158.
Cachon, J. & Cachon, M. 1987. Parasitic dinoflagellates. In Taylor, F. J. R. (Ed.). Biology of dinoflagellates. Blackwell, New York. pp. 571-610
Coats, D. W., Adam, E. J., Gallegos, C. L. & Hedrick, S. 1996. Parasitism of photosynthetic dinoflagellates in a shallow subestuary of Chesapeake Bay, USA. Aquat. Microb. Ecol. 11: 1-9.
Fritz, L. & Nass, M. 1992. Development of the endoparasitic dinoflagellate Amoebophrya ceratii within host dinoflagellate species. J. Phycol. 28: 312-320.
Taylor, F. J. R. 1968. Parasitism of the toxin-producing dinoflagellate Gonyaulax catenella by the endoparasitic dinoflagellate Amoebophrya ceratii. J. Fish. Res. Bd. Can. 25: 2241-2245.