Gambierdiscus polynesiensis

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Gambierdiscus polynesiensis
Scientific classification
Domain: Eukaryota
(unranked): SAR
(unranked): Alveolata
Phylum: Dinoflagellata
Class: Dinophyceae
Order: Gonyaulacales
Family: Goniodomataceae
Genus: Gambierdiscus
Species: G. polynesiensis
Binomial name
Gambierdiscus polynesiensis
Chinain & Faust 1999

Gambierdiscus polynesiensis is a species of toxic (ciguatoxin- and maitotoxin-like toxicity) dinoflagellates. It is 68–85 μm long and 64–75 μm wide dorsoventrally and its surface is smooth. It is identified by a large triangular apical pore plate, a narrow fish-hook opening surrounded by 38 round pores, and a large, broad posterior intercalary plate. Its first plate occupies 60% of the width of the hypotheca.[1]


  1. ^ Chinain, Mireille; Faust, Maria A.; Pauillac, Serge (1999). "MORPHOLOGY AND MOLECULAR ANALYSES OF THREE TOXIC SPECIES OF GAMBIERDISCUS (DINOPHYCEAE): G. PACIFICUS, SP. NOV., G. AUSTRALES, SP. NOV., AND G. POLYNESIENSIS, SP. NOV.". Journal of Phycology. 35 (6): 1282–1296. ISSN 0022-3646. doi:10.1046/j.1529-8817.1999.3561282.x. 

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