Coccolithus pelagicus (G.C.Wall.) J.Schiller

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Coccolithus pelagicus

A = A living cell at different focal planes; B = Coccolith viewed at two focal planes (BF)

Photographer/artist Mats Kuylenstierna

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Coccolithus pelagicus
Mats Kuylenstierna
Copyright holder
Maria Kuylenstierna
University of Gothenburg, Marine botany
Bengt Karlson
A = A living cell at different focal planes; B = Coccolith viewed at two focal planes (BF)
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IDs in other systems
Tropic type
Mostly a bar crosses the central pore of the coccolith
Other remarks
The holococcolithophorids Crystallolithus braarudii Gaarder and C. hyalinus Gaarder et Markali are part in the life history (Heimdal 1993)
Distribution: North Atlantic, Mediterranean, New Zealand, Skagerrak
Life form
Diameter = 10-40 µm, length of placolith = 4.4-13 µm
Heimdal, B. R. 1993. Modern Coccolithophorids. In: Tomas, C. R. (ed.) Marine Phytoplankton: a guide to naked flagellates and coccolithophorids. p. 147-247.
Manton, I. & Leedale, G. F. 1969. Observations on the microanatomy of Coccolithus pelagicus and Cricosphaera carterae, with special reference to the origin and nature of coccoliths and scales. J. Mar. Biol. Ass. U.K. 49: 1-16.
Parke, M. & Adams, I. 1960. The motile (Crystallolithus hyalinus Gaarder & Markali) and non-motile phases in the life history of Coccolithus pelagicus (Wallich) Schiller. J. Mar. Biol. Ass. U.K. 39: 263-274.

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  • 2011-09-26 19:05:30 Bengt Karlson - Updated media metadata for Coccolithus pelagicus_2.gif
  • 2011-09-26 19:04:36 Bengt Karlson - Added media: Coccolithus pelagicus_2.gif