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Scientific classification
Domain: Eukaryota
(unranked): Sar
Superphylum: Heterokonta
Phylum: Ochrophyta
Class: Bolidophyceae
Guillou et al. 1999
Genus: Bolidomonas
Guillou and Chrétiennot-Dinet 1999

Bolidomonas is a genus[1] of unicellular picoplanktonic heterokonts. It was recently (1999) discovered. Genetically it is closely related to diatoms, but differs morphologically from them, lacking the silica frustule characteristic of diatoms. Bolidomonas cells have two flagella, chloroplasts with girdle lamella, and no eyespot. Photosynthetic pigments present in bolydophyte choroplasts include chlorophylls a, c1, c2, c3, fucoxanthin, diatoxanthin, diadinoxanthin.

It includes the species Bolidomonas mediterranea.[2]


  1. ^ Guillou L, Chretiennot-Dinet MJ, Medlin LK, Claustr H, Goer SL, Vaulot D (1999). "Bolidomonas: A new genus with two species belonging to a new algal class: Bolidophyceae (Heterokonta)". J Phycol. 35 (2): 368–81. doi:10.1046/j.1529-8817.1999.3520368.x. 
  2. ^ Dimier C, Giovanni S, Ferdinando T, Brunet C (April 2009). "Comparative Ecophysiology of the Xanthophyll Cycle in Six Marine Phytoplanktonic Species". Protist. 160 (3): 397–411. doi:10.1016/j.protis.2009.03.001. PMID 19375387. 

Guiry, M.D.; Guiry, G.M. (2008). "Bolidomonas". AlgaeBase. World-wide electronic publication, National University of Ireland, Galway.