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Temporal variation in the phytoplankton community of Acapulco Bay, Mexico

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Author(s): Agustín A. Rojas-Herrera | Juan Violante Gonzalez | Sergio García-Ibáñez | Víctor M.G. Sevilla-Torres | Jaime S. Gil-Guerrero | Pedro Flores-Rodríguez

Journal: Microbiology Research
ISSN 2036-7473

Volume: 3;
Issue: 1;
Start page: e4;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Phytoplankton community | temporal variation | Acapulco bay | México

ABSTRACT
Species composition and abundance of the phytoplankton community in Acapulco Bay, Mexico, were studied from May to December 2009. Samples were collected at 5 stations (4 coastal and 1 oceanic) at 3 depths (1, 5 and 10 m). Eighty-seven species were identified: 54 dinoflagellates, 32 diatoms and 1 silicoflagellate. The community was structured mainly by adiaphoric species, that is, species adapted to both neritic and oceanic environments. Species abundance and composition varied significantly during the sampling period due to increased nutrient concentrations in the rainy season. Dinoflagellate species were more abundant during the dry season, and diatom species dominated numerically during the rainy season.
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