Species Factsheet

Alexandrium catenella


Complete name: Alexandrium catenella (Whedon & Kofoid) Balech 1985
Taxonomy: Dinophyta » Dinozoa » Dinophyceae » Gonyaulacales » Goniodomataceae » Alexandrium catenella
Authors: Irina Olenina & Sergej Olenin
Last updated: September, 2006

Common Names


Alexandrium acatenella

Short Description

It is an armoured, marine, planktonic dinoflagellate typically occurring in characteristic short chains of 2, 4 or 8 cells, swimming together in a snake-like fashion. Single cells are almost round, 20-48 µm in length and 18-32 µm in width.