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What drives the distribution of cysts of Lingulodinium polyedrum?
Mertens, K.N.; Hallett, R.; Verleye, T.J.; Sangiorgi, F.; Holzwarth, U.; Zonneveld, K.A.F.; Londeix, L.; Louwye, S. (2009). What drives the distribution of cysts of Lingulodinium polyedrum?, in: Mertens, K.N. (2009). Tracing hydrological millennial-scale cycles in the Late Quaternary of the Cariaco Basin and the southern Gulf of Cádiz using coccoliths and dinoflagellate cycts = Opsporing van hydrologische cycli op millenium-schaal in het late Quartair van het Cariaco Bekken en de zuidelijke Golf van Cádiz met behulp van coccolieten en dinoflagellatencysten. pp. 94-99
In: Mertens, K.N. (2009). Tracing hydrological millennial-scale cycles in the Late Quaternary of the Cariaco Basin and the southern Gulf of Cádiz using coccoliths and dinoflagellate cycts = Opsporing van hydrologische cycli op millenium-schaal in het late Quartair van het Cariaco Bekken en de zuidelijke Golf van Cádiz met behulp van coccolieten en dinoflagellatencysten. PhD Thesis. Department of Biology/Ghent University, Department of Geology and Soil Science: Gent. 205 pp., more

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Document type: Dissertation

Keyword
    Marine

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  • Mertens, K.N., more
  • Hallett, R.
  • Verleye, T.J., more
  • Sangiorgi, F.
  • Holzwarth, U.
  • Zonneveld, K.A.F.
  • Londeix, L.
  • Louwye, S.

Abstract
    The biogeographic distribution of Lingulodinium machaerophorum - cyst of the corresponding red tide forming motile dinoflagellate Lingulodinium polyedrum - is delineated by the ratio between summer salinity and temperature (S/T). The confinement to this ratio can be related to a physicochemical process which determines the morphological variation of the cyst and inhibits formation of the cyst outside the range of tolerable S/T ranges. This finding has far reaching implications for studies on harmful algal blooms, paleoclimate reconstructions using dinoflagellate cysts, interpretation of evolutionary trends and palaeobiogeographical zonations and possibly also of other plankton groups.

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