Dinoflagellates (Pyrocistis sp.)

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Bioluminescent dinoflagellates (Pyrocistis sp.) flashing at night
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Dinoflagellates fact file

Dinoflagellates description

KingdomChromista
PhylumMyzozoa
ClassDinophyceae
OrderPyrocystales
FamilyPyrocystaceae
GenusPyrocystis (1)

Dinoflagellates are single-celled eukaryotic protists.

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Dinoflagellates status

This species has not yet been assessed by the IUCN.

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Glossary

Eukaryotic
Organisms with complex cells that have an organised nucleus and organelles which may include mitochondria, chloroplasts and an endoplasmic reticulum.
Protists
Species belonging to the Protista kingdom which is made up of eukaryotic single-celled organisms, aside from a very small amount of multi-celled species, including protozoans, dinoflagellates, amoebas, most algae and some fungi.
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References

  1. World Register of Marine Species (December, 2016) 
    http://www.marinespecies.org/
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Bioluminescent  dinoflagellates (Pyrocistis sp.) flashing at night  
Bioluminescent dinoflagellates (Pyrocistis sp.) flashing at night

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