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Pyrocystis noctiluca Murray ex Haeckel 1890

Empire Eukaryota
Kingdom Chromista
Subkingdom Harosa (supergroup SAR)
Infrakingdom Halvaria
Phylum Miozoa
Subphylum Myzozoa
Infraphylum Dinozoa
Superclass Dinoflagellata
Class Dinophyceae
Order Gonyaulacales
Family Pyrocystaceae
Subfamily Pyrocystoideae
Genus Pyrocystis


Publication details
Pyrocystis noctiluca Murray ex Haeckel 1890: 30, adnot.

Published in: Haeckel E. (1890). Plankton Studien: Vergleichende Untersuchungen ├╝ber die Bedeutung und Zusammensetzung der pelagischen Fauna und Flora. pp. i-viii, 1-105. Jena: Verlag von Gustav Fischer.
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Type species
The type species (lectotype) of the genus Pyrocystis is Pyrocystis pseudonoctiluca Wyville-Thompson.

Status of name
This name is currently regarded as a synonym of Pyrocystis pseudonoctiluca Wyville-Thompson

Heterotypic Synonym(s)
Dissodinium pseudonoctiluca Swift ex Elbrachter & Drebes

Nomenclatural notes
Decription given a footnote by Haeckel is one word "kugelig" [spherical], which can hardly be sufficient to validate the name. - (10 Jun 2014) - M.D. Guiry

General environment
This is a marine species.

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Key references
Dodge, J.D. (1982). Marine dinoflagellates of the British Isles. pp. 1-303, 35 figs, pls I-VIII. London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office.

Liu, L. & Hastings, J.W. (2006). Novel and rapidly diverging intergenic sequences between tandem repeats of the luciferase genes in seven dinoflagellate species. Journal of Phycology 42: 96-103.

Steidinger, K.A. & Tangen, K. (1996). Dinoflagellates. In: Identifying Marine Phytoplankton. (Tomas, C.R. Eds), pp. 387-584. San Diego: Academic Press.

Yulong Pan, Ruixiang Li, Shuang Liu, Sheng Zhao & Yiting Liu (2014). Taxonomy and morphological identification of Pyrocystaceae (Pyrocystales, Dinophyta) species on the coasts of China. Biodiversity Science 22(3): 329-336.

Created: 02 May 2002 by M.D. Guiry

Verified by: 10 June 2014 by M.D. Guiry

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(Please note: only references with the binomials in the title are included. The information is from the Literature database.)

Rivkin, R.B. & Swift, E. (1982). Phosphate uptake by the oceanic dinoflagellate Pyrocystis noctiluca. Journal of Phycology 18: 113-120, 4 figs, 2 tables.
Suk Seo, K. & Fritz, L. (2001). Evidence for sexual reproduction in the marine dinoflagellates Pyrocystis noctiluca and Pyrocystis lunula (Dinophyta). Journal of Phycology 37: 530-535.
Swift, E. & Durbin, E.G. (1971). Similarities in the asexual reproduction of the oceanic dinoflagellates, Pyrocystis fusiformis, Pyrocystis lunula, and Pyrocystis noctiluca. Journal of Phycology 7: 89-96.
Swift, E. & Meunier, V. (1976). Effects of light intensity on division rate, stimulable bioluminescence and cell size of the oceanic dinoflagellates Dissodinium lunula, Pyrocystis fusiformis and P. noctiluca. Journal of Phycology 12: 14-22, 5 figs, 5 tables.

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