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Chrysochromulina tenuispina

Classification: ntax_non_cocco -> Haptophytes -> Prymnesiales -> Chrysochromulinaceae -> Chrysochromulina -> affinity not established -> Chrysochromulina tenuispina
Sister taxa: C. adriatica, C. ahrengotii, C. alifera, C. ephippium, C. pyramidosa ⟩⟨ C. cyathophora, C. megacylindra, C. microcylindra, C. pachycylindra ⟩⟨ C. apheles, C. discophora, C. elegans, C. lanceolata, C. latilepis, C. novae-zelandiae, C. orbiculata, C. pelagica, C. pontica, C. pseudolanceolata, C. quadrikonta, C. tenuispina, C. tenuisquama, C. vexillifera ⟩⟨ C. breviturrita, C. inornamenta, C. laurentiana


Citation: Chrysochromulina tenuispina Manton 1978
taxonomic rank: Species
Basionym: Chrysochromulina tenuispina Manton 1978

Catalog entries: Chrysochromulina tenuispina

Original description: Protoplast globose to anisodiametric, c. 8-13 µm when dry but probably up to 50% larger alive, with two equal flagella, each up to 30 µm long and a haptonema somewhat though not much shorter. Periplast scales large, flat, and of two kinds, evenly distributed and respectively with and without centrally attached, rigid, slender spines each up to 3 µm long × 0.05-0.1 µm thick, bluntly pointed. Both scale-types with narrow patternless rims but the base plates of spines a little smaller and more circular than the spineless plates. The latter commonly 1.3 × 1.6 µm. Surface patterning similar in both scale-types, the proximal faces dominated by radial ridges arranged in quadrants and the distal faces by a few, well separated, spiral threads coiled in an anticlockwise direction if seen from above and interpreted centripetally. This direction continuing up every spine to give a twist of about 21⁄2 turns along its length. Both scale faces exhibiting traces of other components located between the surfaces of the scale.

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Geological Range:
Last occurrence (top): Extant. Data source:
First occurrence (base): within No known fossil record modern (0-0Ma, base in "Holocene" stage). Data source:


Manton, I. (1978). Chrysochromulina tenuispina sp. nov. from Arctic Canada. British Phycological Journal. 13: 227-234. gs


Chrysochromulina tenuispina compiled by Jeremy R. Young viewed: 8-12-2023

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