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Free Content Characterization of the Suspended Particulate Organic Matter and Feeding by the Lagoon Zooplankton at Enewetak Atoll

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The suspended particulate organic components, including detritus, phytoplankton, microzooplankton and macrozooplankton are described and quantified numerically and in terms of carbon and nitrogen content. From these data and observations on gut content analyses and rates of zooplankton assimilation, the food demand of the zooplankton populations is estimated. The report supports the hypothesis advanced by earlier workers that organic matter exported from the reef serves as a significant basic food source in the lagoon. This source is apparently dominant in the winter, while lagoon phytoplankton production may be more important in the summer.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 1982-01-01

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