Journal of Applied Phycology

, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp 17–24 | Cite as

Occurrence of Prorocentrum lima, a DSP toxin-producing species from the Atlantic coast of Canada

  • J. C. Marr
  • A. E. Jackson
  • J. L. McLachlan


A species of Prorocentrum (Dinophyta, Prorocentrales), isolated from a phytoplankton net sample from the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia, has been brought into unialgal culture. The sample was collected at an aquaculture site immediately following an incident of diarrhetic shellfish poisoning (DSP) due to the consumption of contaminated mussels. This clonal isolate has been identified as P. lima, based on its morphological characteristics. Analysis of the culture extract, using high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) with fluorescence detection, indicated the presence of the DSP toxins, okadaic acid (OA) and dinophysistoxin-1 (DTX-1).

Key words

diarrhetic shellfish poisoning DSP dinoflagellate Prorocentrum lima okadaic acid dinophysistoxin-1 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. C. Marr
    • 1
  • A. E. Jackson
    • 2
  • J. L. McLachlan
    • 2
  1. 1.Fenwick Laboratories LimitedHalifaxCanada
  2. 2.Institute for Marine Biosciences, National Research Council of CanadaHalifaxCanada

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