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Scientific classification
Domain: Eukaryota
(unranked): Sar
Phylum: Heterokontophyta
Class: Bolidophyceae
Guillou et al. 1999
Genus: Bolidomonas
Guillou and Chr├ętiennot-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]


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