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Free Content Seasonal variation of nannoplankton flagellate densities in Tampa Bay, Florida

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A floristic survey of the nannoplankton flagellates of Tampa Bay was conducted because despite the ecological importance of such forms they have been neglected in past studies of Tampa Bay phytoplankton. Twenty-eight species were found including two chloromonads, one chlorophyte, two chrysophytes, three cryptomonads, six dinoflagellates, three euglenoids, seven prasinophytes and four prymnesiophytes. Two of the prasinophytes, Bipedinomonas rotunda and Pyramimonas plurioculata, were the most important species numerically, frequently reaching densities of 103 cells/ml or greater. Temperature data suggest that several of the Tampa Bay flagellate populations represent physiologically distinct races, if not sibling species.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 1987

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