Ebria A.H.C.Borgert, 1891

Holotype species: Ebria fornix (Möbius) Borgert

Original publication and holotype designation: Borgert, A.H.C. (1891). Über die Dictyochiden, insbesondere über Distephanus speculum; sowie studien an Phaeodarien. Zeitschrift für wissenschaftliche Zoologie 51: 629-676.

Description: Unicellular biflagellate with unequal flagella subapically inserted; nearly ovoid or globose cells with internal silica skeleton consisting of a framework of narrow rugose or spiny rods which, analogous to sponge spicule terminology, consist of an initial triradial rod (triode), of which the main longitudinal rod (rhabde) branches to "actines", secondarily to "clades" of 3 types (Deflandre, 1934), skeleton symmetry is nearly bilateral. Nucleus with condensed chromatin (but not homologous to dinoflagellate nuclei), giving a faintly granular appearance by light microscopy, nucleolus often prominent; mitochondria with tubular cristae; chloroplasts and cell wall lacking. Living cells, 18-40 &m, swim erratically in a helical path (hence the genus name, from ebrius = "drunken") but shed flagella when disturbed. Cell division apparently asexual with duplication of skeleton before separation; sexual stages and cysts unknown. Widespread in coastal temperate, tropical, and boreal waters, less common in oceanic areas; eurythermal and apparently somewhat euryhaline; rarely abundant, occasionally over 104/liter. Nutrition herbivorous, primarily nanoplankton diatoms, occasionally dinoflagellates. Classification as algae is problematical.

Information contributed by: P. Hargraves. The most recent alteration to this page was made on 2014-09-24 by M.D. Guiry.

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

Most recent taxonomic treatment adopted: Sournia, A. (1986). Atlas du phytoplancton marin. Volume I: Cyanophycées, Dictyophycées, Dinophycées, Raphidophycées. pp. [1]-219. Paris: Éditions du Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique 15, quai Anatole France - 75700 Paris.

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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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