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Keywords:

  • cnidarian;
  • phylogeny;
  • Symbiodinium;
  • symbiosis;
  • zooxanthellae

Recently, the isolation of a free-living strain of symbiotic dinoflagellate belonging to the genus Symbiodinium was reported. Although the specimen procured and characterization from Jiaozhou Bay, P.R. China is a Symbiodinium spp., the manner in which this isolate was classified is inconsistent with the currently used and accepted Symbiodinium cladal nomenclature. To avert unnecessary confusion in the field, I place this important scientific contribution into the proper context and state of Symbiodinium research.