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New epizoic diatom (Bacillariophyta) species from sea turtles in the Eastern Caribbean and South Pacific
Riaux-Gobin, C.; Witkowski, A.; Kociolek, J.P.; Ector, L.; Chevallier, D.; Compère, P. (2017). New epizoic diatom (Bacillariophyta) species from sea turtles in the Eastern Caribbean and South Pacific. Diatom Research 32(1): 109-125.
In: Diatom Research. Taylor & Francis: Bristol Avon. ISSN 0269-249X; e-ISSN 2159-8347, meer
Peer reviewed article  

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    Chelonia mydas (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]; Chelonicola
Author keywords
    Chelonia mydas; Chelonicola; new species; Lesser Antilles; SocietyArchipelago; Tripterion

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  • Riaux-Gobin, C.
  • Witkowski, A., meer
  • Kociolek, J.P.
  • Ector, L., meer
  • Chevallier, D.
  • Compère, P., meer

    Obligately epizoic diatoms (Bacillariophyta) on vertebrates were first described from cetaceans, but turtles, both freshwater and marine, also host very specific floras. Several scrapings of juvenile Chelonia mydas have allowed the description of two new diatom taxa whose valves are asymmetrical about the transapical axis, Tripterion societatis sp. nov. and Chelonicola caribeana sp. nov. These taxa are very small and show some morphological plasticity. Such plasticity might suggest their inclusion in genera with slightly different characteristics from Tripterion and Chelonicola as originally delimited. Based on our observations, an emended diagnosis is proposed for Chelonicola.

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