Eukaryotic picoplankton, Mychonastes homosphaera (Chlorophyceae, Chlorophyta), in Lake Kinneret, Israel

Nobutaka Hanagata, Nehama Malinsky-Rushansky, Zvy Dubinsky

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Eukaryotic picoplankton was isolated from Lake Kinneret, Israel. This green picoplankton is spheroidal or ovoidal in shape. The cell wall has a network of ribs on its surface. The chloroplast is cup- or mantel-shaped without a pyrenoid. The morphology and cellular structure of this autosporic alga is identical with Mychonastes homosphaera (Skuja) Kalina et Puncocharova. The phylogenetic tree based on 18S ribosomal RNA gene sequence data showed that M. homosphaera is placed in the Chlorophyceae and located at the base of a branch leading to the other algae possessing directly opposed orientation of the flagellar apparatus.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)263-269
Number of pages7
JournalPhycological Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1999


  • Lake Kinneret
  • Mychonastes homosphaera
  • Picoplankton


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