Myrionecta rubra


Myrionecta rubrua

Location: Outer Banks, NC. October 2008

Notes: This large ciliate is usually red. It is capable of forming large blooms resulting in “red tides” (see below). Typically, there is a constriction around the midline of Myrionecta, but that does not show in this photo, which may be an end-on view.

Myrionecta is also widely reported in the middle and lower Chesapeake Bay

Collected and photographed by Elizabeth Fensin, North Carolina Division of Water Quality ยท Environmental Sciences Section. Elizabeth also sent this aerial photo of the Myrionecta bloom off of the Outer Banks in October, 2008.

Myrionecta bloom Outer Banks