A study of newly excysted cells of gonyaulax polyedra (Dinophyceae) by electron microscopy

Jane Lewis, Paul Burton

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Structural development of newly excysted cells of Gonyaulax polyedra was investigated by scanning and transmission electron microscopy for the first time. Cells of known age were processed for TEM using a thin-film encapsulation technique. 0-1 hour post-excystment cells were of striking ultrastructural maturity. Unusual features included large quantities of “guanine” crystals and lipids: chloroplasts with atypical arrangement of lamellae and nuclear “blebs”. The fine structure of 8-9 h post-excystment cells closely resembled that previously described for cultured cells of this species. Thecal development, as shown by SEM, was extremely rapid; 1-2 h post-excystment cells had a complete plate tabulation and the beginnings of thecal sculpturing. Thereafter thecal architecture was consolidated and 12-13 h post-excystment cells had developed the typical heavy sculpturing characteristic of this species.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-60
Number of pages12
JournalBritish Phycological Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1988


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