Accepted: 10 June 1985.
A RAPID SIMPLE TECHNIQUE UTILIZING CALCOFLUOR WHITE M2R FOR THE VISUALIZATION OF DINOFLAGELLATE THECAL PLATES1
Article first published online: 29 OCT 2004
Journal of Phycology
Volume 21, Issue 4, pages 662–664, December 1985
How to Cite
Fritz, L. and Triemer, R. E. (1985), A RAPID SIMPLE TECHNIQUE UTILIZING CALCOFLUOR WHITE M2R FOR THE VISUALIZATION OF DINOFLAGELLATE THECAL PLATES. Journal of Phycology, 21: 662–664. doi: 10.1111/j.0022-3646.1985.00662.x
- Issue published online: 29 OCT 2004
- Article first published online: 29 OCT 2004
- calcofluor white;
- cellulose stain;
- Dinoflagellate taxonomy
The fluorescent stain Calcofluor White M2R readily binds to cellulose and other β-linked glucans (Hughs and McCully 1975). We have found the stain to readily bind to the thecal plates of armored dinoflagellates. Considerable detail is revealed about plate structure in both living and preserved specimens at the light microscopic level. This simple rapid technique should prove useful for the tabulation and study of dinoflagellate thecae.