Two unusual silicoflagellate double skeletons

Research areas:
Year:
2014
Keywords:
double skeletons, Silicoflagellate, teratoid
Authors:
  • Kevin McCartney
  • Elisa Malinverno
  • Magali Schweizer
  • Jakub Witkowski
  • Jeremy R. Young
Journal:
Journal of Nannoplankton Research
Volume:
33
Pages:
19-22
Month:
2014
ISSN:
1210-8049
Abstract:
A study of silicoflagellate double skeletons revealed two unusual doublets that are illustrated and discussed here. One of these comprises two ten-sided Octactis skeletons that appear to form a doublet, but both in the same (apical) orientation. The other specimen is a double skeleton of Dictyocha
that is slightly disarticulated, with a third, less robust skeleton in between. These unusual double skeletons suggest that there is much more to be learned about the formation of silicoflagellate skeletons and the reproductive processes in this protist group