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First observation of dinoflagellate resting cysts from recent sediments of the southeast coast of Iran


Attaran-Fariman, G and Khodami, S and Bolch, CJS, First observation of dinoflagellate resting cysts from recent sediments of the southeast coast of Iran, Algological Studies, 140 pp. 51-80. ISSN 1864-1318 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2012 E. Schweizerbart’sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, Stuttgart, Germany

DOI: doi:10.1127/1864-1318/2012/0048


The living dinoflagellate cyst flora of the southeast coast of Iran that borders the Oman Sea, are described for the first time. Forty cyst types were identified using a combination of morphological examination and germination of live specimens. Calciodinellid cysts (Scrippsiella and related species) dominated (> 80 %) the cyst assemblage at Pasabandar and Bahukalat estuary sites, while Protoperidinium (51 %) and Calciodinellid species (38 %) accounted for the majority of cysts in sediments from Chabahar Bay. Potentially harmful and toxic species were rare; however, the potentially toxic paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) species Alexandrium cf. tamarense was detected at Pasabander. The unusual trapezoidal microreticulate cyst of Gymnodinium trapeziforme was the commonest gymnodinoid species cyst detected at Pasabandar and Bahukalat.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:dinoflagellate, germination, Iran, resting cyst, description
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Plant biology
Research Field:Phycology (incl. marine grasses)
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Marine systems and management
Objective Field:Marine biodiversity
UTAS Author:Attaran-Fariman, G (Dr Gilan Attaran-Fariman)
UTAS Author:Bolch, CJS (Associate Professor Christopher Bolch)
ID Code:82893
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:NC Marine Conservation and Resource Sustainability
Deposited On:2013-02-21
Last Modified:2013-07-19
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