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Scientific classification
Domain: Eukaryota
(unranked): Haptophyta
Class: Prymnesiophyceae
Order: Prymnesiales
Family: Prymnesiaceae
Genus: Prymnesium

Prymnesium is a genus of haptophytes, including the species Prymnesium parvum.[1] The genus is a unicellular motile alga. It is ellipsoidal in shape one flagellum is straight and there are two longer ones which enable movement.[2]

The name Latinizes the Greek prymnēsion ‘cable (for mooring)’,[3][4] from prymna ‘stern’, from prymnos ‘hindmost’.[5]


  1. ^ La Claire, JW (2006). "Analysis of expressed sequence tags from the harmful alga, Prymnesium parvum (Prymnesiophyceae, Haptophyta)". Mar. Biotechnol. 8 (5): 534–46. PMID 16896534. doi:10.1007/s10126-005-5182-2. 
  2. ^ Fritsch, F.E. 1965. The Structure and Reproduction of the Algae. Volume 1.Cambridge University Press.
  3. ^ 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.] 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ 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 [...]