Diversity and phylogenetics of sand-dwelling dinoflagellates
Dinoflagellates are a group of microbial eukaryotes that have long intrigued biologists with their diversity of form, ecology and highly unusual genetic and ultrastructural features. This diversity has led to much speculation about their evolutionary history. In addition, some species produce bioactive compounds that kill marine life, cause human health problems or have antitumour effects. This book includes detailed descriptions of 56 species of sand-dwelling dinoflagellates from sites in southern Australia, from the orders Gymnodiniales, Gonyaulacales, Peridiniales, Phytodiniales, and Prorocentrales. The biogeographical distribution of some of these species is investigated. Further, it investigates the evolution and phylogeny of the most common genus in this habitat, Amphidinium, based on both morphological and molecular characters, and redefines the genus. This book will be useful to those working in aquaculture, fisheries and biotechnology industries who require the identification of these intriguing organisms, as well as biologists with an interest in the evolution of eukaryotes.