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Alexandrium catenella?

This species is known as a paralytic-toxin producer. Blooms of this species are not common in the Chesapeake Bay, but these stacking cells occasionally show up. This sample was collected from Muddy Creek off Rhode River. In estuaurine environments the natural characteristics of these cells may be different. They are fixed in Lugol's preservative which may make them clump together. For a better view and more information go to Jan Rines East Sound website at: