The taxonomic knowledge of living dinoflagellates (comprising about 2500 species) is scanty and restricted to few specialists worldwide. Nevertheless many new dinoflagellate taxa have been described over the last decades. The last worldwide revision of dinoflagellate species was published in 1937. Since then the taxonomic characterization of many species and genera has been changed or emended. Any taxonomic work starts with the original descriptions of the taxa that are often scattered in various European journals and rare books from the nineteenth century – not available to many scientists.


The centre will provide a complete check-list of all described living dinoflagellate genera and species with exact bibliographic details. In addition we intend to provide all original descriptions electronically. Next to this core data it is planned to make available information of general interest for the dinoflagellate research community, e.g., references, bibliograpies, important links and images. In the future one main task will be to archive types and reference material from cultures or field samples of dinoflagellate blooms.
The centre has been founded in July 2005 by Dr. Elbrächter, Prof. Dr. Martínez Arbizu, Dr. Türkay, and Prof. Dr. Steininger and is now in the process of development.



international seminar:


biweekly 20 minute seminars + 10 min questions via ZOOM, started in May 2021. This can be about anything related to dinoflagellates / dinocysts (for example about taxonomy, phylogeny, evolution, life-history, toxins, pigments, transcript-omics, (paleo)ecology, stratigraphy, functional traits, ...). 

contact kenneth.mertens@ifremer.fr 

You can find all information here


conferences / workshops:


International dinoflagellate cyst workshop
2024 June 18-21, Vigo,

contact: cystworkshop@gmail.com


PSA-ISOP-ISEP "From Micro to Macro: Cultivating Resilience in Communities"

2024 July 29th - August 1st, Seattle, WA

more info will be posted here as details become available


new book:


Marine benthic dinoflagellates - their relevance for science and society

Mona Hoppenrath, Nicolas Chomérat, Takeo Horiguchi, Shauna A. Murray & Lesly Rhodes

more ...


last update: 18 Dec 2023