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Micromonas pusilla
Scientific classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Viridiplantae
Phylum: Chlorophyta
Class: Prasinophyceae
Order: Mamiellales
Family: Mamiellaceae
Genus: Micromonas
  • M. pusilla

In taxonomy, Micromonas is a genus of green algae, specifically of the Mamiellaceae.[1][2] The genus contains a single species, Micromonas pusilla, which is the dominant photosynthetic picoeukaryote in some marine ecosystems.[3] Unlike many marine algae, it is distributed widely in both warm and cold waters.[4] It is a good swimmer and swims towards light.[4]

M. pusilla is infected by a reovirus called Micromonas pusilla reovirus (MpRV).[5]


  1. ^ See the NCBI webpage on Micromonas. Data extracted from the NCBI taxonomy resources, National Center for Biotechnology Information, retrieved 2007-03-19 
  2. ^ Micromonas Manton & Parke, 1960, non Borrel, 1902, World Register of Marine Species, accessed March 6, 2010
  3. ^ Not, F; Latasa, M; Marie, D; Cariou, T; Vaulot, D; Simon, N (Jul 2004), "A Single Species, Micromonas pusilla (Prasinophyceae), Dominates the Eukaryotic Picoplankton in the Western English Channel" (Free full text), Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 70 (7): 4064–72, ISSN 0099-2240, PMC 444783Freely accessible, PMID 15240284, doi:10.1128/AEM.70.7.4064-4072.2004 
  4. ^ a b Genomes of Two Strains of Micromonas Algae Show Surprising Diversity, Alternative Energy Newswire, April 10, 2009
  5. ^ Attoui, H; Jaafar, Fm; Belhouchet, M; De, Micco, P; De, Lamballerie, X; Brussaard, Cp (May 2006), "Micromonas pusilla reovirus: a new member of the family Reoviridae assigned to a novel proposed genus (Mimoreovirus)" (Free full text), The Journal of general virology, 87 (Pt 5): 1375–83, ISSN 0022-1317, PMID 16603541, doi:10.1099/vir.0.81584-0 

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