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The Genus Neoceratium (Planktonic Dinoflagellates) as a Potential Indicator of Ocean Warming

Author(s): Alina Tunin-Ley | Rodolphe Lemée

Journal: Microorganisms
ISSN 2076-2607

Volume: 1;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 58;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: Neoceratium | Ceratium | ocean warming | dinoflagellate | biological indicator

Among the planktonic dinoflagellates, the species-rich genus Neoceratium has particularly remarkable features that include its easily recognizable outline and large size. This ubiquitous genus shows consistent presence in all plankton samples and has been a model for numerous studies since the end of the 19th century. It has already been described as a good candidate to monitor water masses and describe ocean circulation. We argue that the sensitivity displayed by Neoceratium to water temperature also makes it relevant as an indicator of ocean warming. The advantages and interests of using Neoceratium species to monitor climate change on a large scale are reassessed in view of recent advances in understanding their biology and ecology.
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