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The toxic Karenia brevisulcata

The toxic Karenia brevisulcata

Many toxic blooms of plankton are caused by dinoflagellates. This electron microscope photograph shows 16 cells of Karenia brevisulcata, the species responsible for the mass poisoning of marine life around the southern coast of the North Island from January to March 1998.

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Plankton - Toxic blooms', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 January 2023)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 12 Jun 2006