Dolichomastix Manton, 1977

Holotype species: Dolichomastix nummulifera Manton

Original publication and holotype designation: Manton, I. (1977). Dolichomastix (Prasinophyceae) from arctic Canada, Alaska and South Africa: a new genus of flagellates with scaly flagella. Phycologia 16: 427-438.

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Description: Small flagellate with a pair of long flagella. Flagella and cell body covered with unmineralized spiderweb-like scales. Internal structure of the cell unknown, all species are known only from electron microscopical whole mounts. They differ in the structure of the scaly covering.

Information contributed by: Ø. Moestrup. The most recent alteration to this page was made on 2010-07-02 by M.D. Guiry.

Taxonomic status: This name is of an entity that is currently accepted taxonomically.

Most recent taxonomic treatment adopted: Bérard-Therriault, L., Poulin, M. & Bossé, L. (1999). Guide d'identification du phytoplancton marin de l'estuaire et du Golfe du Saint-Laurent incluant également certains protozoaires. Publication Spéciale Canadienne des Sciences Halieutiques et Aquatiques 128: 1-387.

Comments: Dolicomastix was described from cold water (-1 - 12°C) in Arctic Canada, Alaska and South Africa (Manton 1977), but D. lepidota and D. nummulifera have subsequently been found also in Europe, at temperatures up to 18°C.

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Descriptions of chrysophyte genera were subsequently published in J. Kristiansen & H.R. Preisig (eds.). 2001. Encyclopedia of Chrysophyte Genera. Bibliotheca Phycologica 110: 1-260.

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