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Appendicularian dynamics and the influence of runoff on their distribution in the Bay of Cullera (Spanish Mediterranean)
A. Raduán, C. Blanco, E. Soler and J.G. del Rio

A study of the population dynamics of Appendicularians in the Bay of Cullera has been carried out. Seven species were detected: Oikopleura dioica, O. longicauda, O. fusiformis, Fritillaria pellucida f. typica, F. formica f. digitata, F. borealis f. intermedia and Appendicularia sicu1a.The low level of diversity was associated with a high densities which occasionally reached 10000 ind m-3. The effect of continental runoff, evaluated in terms of nutrient levels, is reflected in the distribution of the Appendicularian populations.

Keywords: plankton. Appendicularia, population dynamics, Western Mediterranean.
Contents of this volume Sci. Mar. 53(2-3) : 251-257 Back PDF
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