Symbiodinium spp.
Scale 2 Diat: photosynthetic , Hierachy 1
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ZOOXANTHELLAE must be present to play WARM WATER CORAL SPECIES (SYMBIOTIC relationship).


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Graphic by Nadir Balansci-ence.org
Zooxanthellae ( /ˌzoʊ.əzænˈθɛliː/) are flagellate protozoa from the genus Symbiodinium that are golden-brown intracellular endosymbionts of various marine animals andprotozoa, especially anthozoans such as the scleractinian corals and the tropical sea anemone, Aiptasia. Zooxanthellae live in other protozoa (foraminiferans and radiolarians) and in some invertebrates. Most are autotrophs and provide the host with energy in the form of translocated reduced carbon compounds, such as glucose, glycerol, […] read more

Sea Sparkle

Noctiluca scintillans
Scale 2 Diat: carbon-macromolecules , Hierachy 2


Play: The bioluminescence Noctiluca scintillans is a PLANKTON that feeds off of other PLANKTON SPECIES.

Play: It must be played adjacent to at least 1 compatible PLANKTON SPECIES.

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Noctiluca scintillans, commonly known as the Sea Sparkle[1], and also published as Noctiluca miliaris, is a free-living non-parasitic marine-dwelling species of dinoflagellate that exhibits bioluminescence. The bioluminescent characteristic of N. scintillans is produced by a luciferin-luciferase system located in thousands of spherically shaped organelles, or “microsources”, located throughout the cytoplasm of this single-celled protist. Nonluminescent populations within the genus Noctiluca lack these microsources. N. scintillans […] read more