Dinoflagellate Eyespot Types

Mona Hoppenrath and Juan F. Saldarriaga

Four types of eyespot types have been distinguished in Dinoflagellates. All eyespots are situated in the sulcal area close to the flagellar roots where they are likely to be shadowed by the proximal part of the longitudinal flagellum.


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Moestrup, Ø., G. Hansen, and N. Daugbjerg. 2008. Studies on woloszynskioid dinoflagellates. III: On the ultrastructure and phylogeny of Borghiella dodgei gen. et sp. nov., a cold-water species from Lake Tovel, N. Italy, and on B. tenuissima comb. nov. (syn. Woloszynskia tenuissima). Phycologia 47:54-78.

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Mona Hoppenrath
Forschungsinstitut Senckenberg, German Centre for Marine Biodiversity Research, Wilhelmshaven, Germany

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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