J Syst Evol ›› 2008, Vol. 46 ›› Issue (2): 205-212.DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1002.2008.07073

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Observations of several cryptomonad flagellates from China Sea by scanning electron microscopy

1Xiao-Li XING, 2Xu-Yin LIN, 1Chang-Ping CHEN, 1Ya-Hui GAO*1Jun-Rong LIANG, 1Hong-Zhou HUANG, 1Bing-Qian LI, 3King-Chung HO, 4Yu-Zao QI   

  1. 1(Key Laboratory of the Ministry of Education for Cell Biology and Tumor Cell Engineering, School of Life Sciences, Xiamen University, Xiamen 361005, China)

    2(School of Life Sciences, Xiamen Ocean Vocational College, Xiamen 361012, China)

    3(School of Science & Technology, Open University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China)

    4(Research Center of Hydrobiology, Jinan University, Guangzhou 510630, China)gaoyh@xmu.edu.cn
  • Received:2007-05-16 Published:2008-03-18

Abstract: Three species and one variety of cryptomonad flagellates belonging to three genera were observed with the scanning electron microscope in sea water samples from Tolo Harbor (Hong Kong), Changjiang River Estuary and Xiamen Harbor. They are Hemiselmis sp. Novarino, Plagioselmis prolonga Butcher ex Novarino, Lucas & Morrall, Plagioselmis prolonga var. nordica Novarino, Lucas & Morrall and Teleaulax acuta (Butcher) Hill. The taxonomic characteristics, ecological habit and distribution of the above species are described and the LM and SEM photographs of the species are also presented. This is the first record of the genus Hemiselmis Parke in the China Sea, and the species Plagioselmis prolonga and Teleaulax acuta have records of producing blooms in the China Sea.

Key words: China, cryptomonad, Hemiselmis Parke, Hemiselmis sp., marine, new record, Plagioselmis prolonga, Plagioselmis prolonga var. nordica, Teleaulax acuta