Protoperidinium brevipes (Paulsen) Balech, 1974

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Protoperidinium brevipes

A = Living cells at different focal planes; B = Squashed cell with thecal plates and ornamention. (DIC)

Photographer/artist Mats Kuylenstierna

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Protoperidinium brevipes
Mats Kuylenstierna
Copyright holder
Maria Kuylenstierna
University of Gothenburg, Marine botany
Bengt Karlson
A = Living cells at different focal planes; B = Squashed cell with thecal plates and ornamention. (DIC)
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IDs in other systems
Tropic type
1' is meta and 2a is quadra, triangle in crossection. Surface with short spines or papillae
Other remarks

Distribution: Worldwide in cold water
Life form
Length 18-38 µm, width 28-34 µm
Hansen, G. & Larsen, J. 1992. Dinoflagellater i danske farvande. In: Thomsen, H. A. (ed.) Plankton i de indre danske farvande. Havforskning fra Miljøstyrelsen, Copenhagen, p. 45-155.
Paulsen, O. 1908. XVIII Peridiniales. In: Nordisches Plankton, (eds K. Brandt & C. Apstein). Verlag Linsius und Tischer, Kiel und Leipzig, pp. 1-124
Steidinger K. A. & Tangen, K. 1996. Dinoflagellates. In: Tomas, C. R. (ed.) Identifying marine diatoms and dinoflagellates. Academic Press, Inc., San Diego, p. 387-584.


Species Protoperidinium brevipes
Author (Paulsen) Balech 1974
Class Dinophyceae
Trophy HT
Geometric shape cone + half sphere
Formula p/12*d^2*(h+d/2)
Size class 1 2 3 4
Unit cell cell cell cell
Size range 18-22 23-29 30-35 36-40
Height(h), µm 20.0 26.0 34.0 37.0
Diameter(d1), µm 20.0 26.0 31.0 37.0
No. of cells/counting unit 1 1 1 1
Calculated volume, µm3 3 140 6 899 12 447 19 881
Calculated Carbon pg/counting unit 415 869 1 513 2 348


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),

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