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Scientific classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Chromalveolata
Division: Haptophyta
Class: Prymnesiophyceae
Order: Prymnesiales
Family: Prymnesiaceae
Genus: Prymnesium

Prymnesium is a haptophyte genus, including the species Prymnesium parvum.[1]

The name Latinizes the Greek prymnēsion ‘cable (for mooring)’,[2][3] from prymna ‘stern’, from prymnos ‘hindmost’.[4]


  1. ^ La Claire, JW (2006). "Analysis of expressed sequence tags from the harmful alga, Prymnesium parvum (Prymnesiophyceae, Haptophyta)". Mar. Biotechnol. 8 (5): 534–46. doi:10.1007/s10126-005-5182-2. PMID 16896534. 
  2. ^ Cooper, Thomas (1565). Thesaurus Linguae Romanae et Britannicae. "prymnesium: The post wherevnto the cable of a ship is tyed. The cable it selfe. [The post unto which the cable of a ship is tied; the cable itself.]" 
  3. ^ Graham, Linda E.; Wilcox, Lee Warren (2000). Algae. Prentice Hall. p. 193. ISBN 978-0-13-660333-7. "Prymnesium (Gr. prymnesion, stern-cable) is a single-celled flagellate." 
  4. ^ Roberts, Edward A. (2014). A Comprehensive Etymological Dictionary of the Spanish Language II. Xlibris Corp. p. 409. ISBN 978-1-4931-9111-6. "proís < Cat. prois < VL. *prodesium < L. prymnēsium [...]"