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Free Content Studies at Oyster Bay in Jamaica, West Indies. V. Qualitative Observations on the Planktonic Algae and Protozoal

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Qualitative observations upon the planktonic algae and protozoa found in the shallow and highly luminescent Oyster Bay, Jamaica, are reported. Plankton samples were collected by a variety of means over a 15-month period.

A complete list of the 152 organisms identified from the entire series of collections is presented. A separate listing of the 28 most common and abundant organisms includes some geographical and ecological remarks, drawn from the present study and from the literature. Many taxa (all the Sarcodina and over half the Bacillariophyceae) were tychopelagic. It is suggested that tychopelagic species play an important part in the primary production of Oyster Bay.

Examination of the literature on the known temperature tolerances of the 28 most common and abundant taxa showed that only Pyrodinium bahamense and Ceratium hircus were restricted to the temperature range found in Oyster Bay.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 1971

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