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Volume 47, Issue 1


A blue-pigmented hasleoid diatom, Haslea sp., from the Adriatic Sea

Katarzyna A. Palińska
  • Department of Marine Biology and Ecology, Institute of Oceanography, Faculty of Oceanography and Geography, University of Gdańsk, Al. M. Piłsudskiego 46, 81-378 Gdynia, Poland
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Published Online: 2018-03-13 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ohs-2018-0007


We present the first report and description of the pinnate diatom Haslea sp. from the northeastern Adriatic Sea, Croatia, producing a blue pigment. This organism is very similar to the well-known Haslea ostrearia, the first described “blue” diatom producing marennine, i.e. the pigment involved in the greening of oysters, and recently described H. provincialis. However, the Croatian diatom slightly differs from other Haslea species in its morphology and 18S rRNA sequence. The discovery of Haslea sp. from Croatia confirmed the possible existence of more species among the representatives of blue Haslea species, as previously assumed. The discovery of several genetically distinct populations of Haslea ostrearia, new species H. karadagensis, H. provincialis and Haslea sp. from Croatia, suggests that species richness in the group of “blue” diatoms is probably underestimated and still more new blue diatoms remain undiscovered. This also raises questions about previously published reports and observations of Haslea distribution in the Mediterranean Sea whether these organisms really belong to H. ostrearia.

Key words: Bacillariophyceae; Mediterranean Sea; taxonomy; 18S rRNA


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About the article

Received: 2017-07-19

Accepted: 2017-09-25

Published Online: 2018-03-13

Published in Print: 2018-03-26

Funding: This study was funded by DFG (grant number PA 842/9-1).

Conflict of Interest: Katarzyna Palinska and Waldemar Surosz declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical approval: This article does not contain any studies involving humans or animals performed by any of the authors.

Citation Information: Oceanological and Hydrobiological Studies, Volume 47, Issue 1, Pages 60–66, ISSN (Online) 1897-3191, ISSN (Print) 1730-413X, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ohs-2018-0007.

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