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Algae > Volume 23(2); 2008 > Article
Algae 2008;23(2): 115-118. doi: https://doi.org/10.4490/algae.2008.23.2.115
New Record of the Freshwater Dinoflagellate Peridinium umbonatum Stein (Dinophyceae) from Togyo Reservoir, Korea
Jang-Seu Ki and Myung-Soo Han*
Department of Life Science, Hanyang University, Seoul 133-791, Korea
*Corresponding Author  Email: hanms@hanyang.ac.kr
Cells of the dinoflagellate Peridinium were frequently observed in water samples of Togyo reservoir, and some species were responsible for dense blooms. Recently, we could identify them as P. bipes f. occultatum Lindem. and P. aciculiferum Lemm., considering morphology (Ki et al. 2005a; Ki and Han 2005b): However, some unidentified Peridinium cells with different shapes and body sizes were found among the samples collected during early spring. Here we describe their morphological characteristics such as thecal plate and body size to characterize its taxonomic identity by morphological characters. The formula of epithecal plates was recorded as 4 apical, 2 intercalary and 7 precingular plates (i.e. 4’, 2a, 7’’) and the epicone in an apical view was symmetric. An apical pore was easy to make out under a light microscope. No cingular displacement was observed. The average body size was 33 μm in length with a range of 26-36 μm, and average 26 μm in width with a range of 21-31 μm, respectively; the cell was, therefore, shown slightly elongated. This way we identified Peridinium umbonatum Stein, 1883 for the first time from Korean freshwaters.
Key words: dinoflagellate, morphological characteristics, Peridinium umbonatum, thecal plate

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