Dictyocha fibula Ehrenberg, 1839

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Dictyocha fibula

A = Cell in Lugol (DIC); B = Damage cell with chloroplasts. (BF)

Photographer/artist Mats Kuylenstierna

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Dictyocha fibula
Mats Kuylenstierna
Copyright holder
Maria Kuylenstierna
University of Gothenburg, Marine botany
Bengt Karlson
A = Cell in Lugol (DIC); B = Damage cell with chloroplasts. (BF)
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IDs in other systems
Tropic type
Skeleton with four protruding spines and with four """"windows
There is a naked stage of this organism. The ecologicla role is unknown.
Other remarks

Distribution: Atlantic ocean, Mediterranean, Baltic, the coast of Chile
Life form
Solitary flagellate
10-45 µm (including spines)
Gemeinhardt, K.1930. Silicoflagellatae. Schiller, J. Coccolithineae. Rabenhorst's Kryptogamen-Flora., 10: 1-85
González, H.1985. Taxonomical survey on silicoflagellates in central Chile. Nova Hedwigia. 41: 483-.
Throndsen, J. 1993. The planktonic marine flagellates. In: Marine Phytoplankton: a guide to naked flagellates and coccolithophorids/edited by Carmelo R. Tomas: 7-145.
Valkenburg, S. D. van. & Norris, R. E. 1970. The growth and morphology of the silicoflagellate Dictyocha fibula Ehrenberg in culture. Journal of Phycology. 6: 48-54.


Species Dictyocha fibula
Author Ehrenberg 1839
Class Dictyochophyceae
Trophy AU
Geometric shape half sphere
Formula p/12*d^3
Size class 1 2
Unit cell cell
Size range 16 25-35
Diameter(d1), µm 16.0 30.0
No. of cells/counting unit 1 1
Calculated volume, µm3 1 072 7 065
Calculated Carbon pg/counting unit 151 889


Olenina, I., Hajdu, S., Edler, L., Andersson, A., Wasmund, N., Busch, S., Göbel, J., Gromisz, S., Huseby, S., Huttunen, M., Jaanus, A., Kokkonen, P., Ledaine, I. and Niemkiewicz, E. 2006 Biovolumes and size-classes of phytoplankton in the Baltic Sea HELCOM Balt.Sea Environ. Proc. No. 106, 144pp. (PDF),

Change History

  • 2012-02-21 15:57:16 Ann-Turi Skjevik - Updated media metadata for Dictyocha fibula_4.jpg
  • 2012-02-21 15:56:56 Ann-Turi Skjevik - Updated media metadata for Dictyocha fibula_4.jpg
  • 2012-02-21 15:56:32 Ann-Turi Skjevik - Added media: Dictyocha fibula_4.jpg
  • 2011-12-14 09:26:05 Bengt Karlson - Updated facts
  • 2011-12-05 16:19:37 Malin Mohlin - Updated media metadata for Dictyocha fibula_3.jpg
  • 2011-12-05 16:18:56 Malin Mohlin - Added media: Dictyocha fibula_3.jpg
  • 2011-09-26 18:46:35 Bengt Karlson - Updated media metadata for Dictyocha fibula_2.gif
  • 2011-09-26 18:45:23 Bengt Karlson - Added media: Dictyocha fibula_2.gif
  • 2011-09-16 19:03:32 Bengt Karlson - Deleted media: Dictyocha fibula_1195225391.jpg