Ebria (ee-bree-a) A small group of marine flagellates, although may be abundant, and large numbers have been assoicated with fish kills. They deposit complex siliceous endoskeletons within the cells and (as in this case) the skeleton may be found on its own. The ebriids have been implicated in fish kills. Phase contrast. This picture was taken by David Patterson, Linda Amaral Zettler and Virginia Edgcomb of materials from sediments of the marine site, Eel Pond in Austumn 2000, spring and summer 2001. Image copyright: D. J. Patterson, L. Amaral-Zettler and V. Edgcomb, image used under license to MBL (micro*scope).
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Eel Pond, Woods Hole, Massachusetts
|Description of Ebria: Internal siliceous element with three branches. Flagella hard to see. Sometimes with multiple nuclei. Widespread in coastal temporate, tropical and boreal waters, less common in oceanic areas; eurythermal and apparently somewhat euryhaline. Possibly only one species. : E. tripartita (Shumann, 1867) Lemmermann 1899. Nutrition herbivorous, primarily nanoplanktonic diatoms, occasionally dinoflagellates. |