Overview

Comprehensive Description

Alexandrium minutum cell shape can vary from hemispherical to conical. The cell is somewhat dorso-ventrally flattened. Differences in morphology particularly in the surface markings have been found between different isolates.
  • Balech E (1995) The genus Alexandrium Halim (Dinoflagellata). Sherkin Island Marine Station
  • Balech E (1989) Rediscription of Alexandrium minutum (Dinophyceae) type species of the genus Alexandrium. Phycologia 28: 206-211.
  • Scholin CA, Anderson DA (1994) Identification of group- and strain-specific genetic markers for globally distributed Alexandrium (Dinophyceae). I. RFLP Analysis of SSU rRNA genes. Journal of Phycology 30:744-75.
  • G. Hansen, N. Daugbjerg & J.M. Franco (2003). Morphology, toxin composition and LSU rDNA phylogeny of Alexandrium minutum (Dinophyceae) from Denmark, with some morphological observations on other European strains. Harmful Algae 2: 317-335
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Physical Description

Type Information

Type locality: Mediterranean Sea: Alexandra Harbour, Egypt
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Ecology

Habitat

Depth range based on 3044 specimens in 1 taxon.
Water temperature and chemistry ranges based on 723 samples.

Environmental ranges
  Depth range (m): 0 - 90
  Temperature range (°C): -1.352 - 16.581
  Nitrate (umol/L): 1.717 - 6.894
  Salinity (PPS): 33.551 - 38.049
  Oxygen (ml/l): 5.272 - 8.654
  Phosphate (umol/l): 0.209 - 0.630
  Silicate (umol/l): 1.585 - 6.301

Graphical representation

Depth range (m): 0 - 90

Temperature range (°C): -1.352 - 16.581

Nitrate (umol/L): 1.717 - 6.894

Salinity (PPS): 33.551 - 38.049

Oxygen (ml/l): 5.272 - 8.654

Phosphate (umol/l): 0.209 - 0.630

Silicate (umol/l): 1.585 - 6.301
 
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Barcode data: Alexandrium minutum

The following is a representative barcode sequence, the centroid of all available sequences for this species.


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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Alexandrium minutum

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLDS) Stats
Public Records: 3
Specimens with Barcodes: 5
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Conservation

Management

Toxicity

Alexandrium minutum is a causative agent of paralytic shellfish poisoning and produces gonyautoxin (GTX) 1-4.
  • Balech E (1995) The genus Alexandrium Halim (Dinoflagellata). Sherkin Island Marine Station
  • Balech E (1989) Rediscription of Alexandrium minutum (Dinophyceae) type species of the genus Alexandrium. Phycologia 28: 206-211.
  • Scholin CA, Anderson DA (1994) Identification of group- and strain-specific genetic markers for globally distributed Alexandrium (Dinophyceae). I. RFLP Analysis of SSU rRNA genes. Journal of Phycology 30:744-75.
  • G. Hansen, N. Daugbjerg & J.M. Franco (2003). Morphology, toxin composition and LSU rDNA phylogeny of Alexandrium minutum (Dinophyceae) from Denmark, with some morphological observations on other European strains. Harmful Algae 2: 317-335
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Source: Harmful Phytoplankton Project

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