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Título : A quantitative analysis of annual phytoplankton cycle of the Magdalena lagoon complex (Mexico)
Autor : Nienhuis Goyens, Hedrik J.
Guerrero Caballero, Rafael
Palabras clave : Magdalena lagoon
Fecha de publicación : 1985
Resumen : An annual cycle of the micro- and nanophytoplankton cell densities of whole water samples in combination with the species composition, distribution and diversity of the microphytoplankton fraction in the Magdalena lagoon system, Mexico, has been studied on a bi-monthly basis. Two major patterns were detected: from November to May, high microphytoplankton densities (0.5–1.5 106 cells l–1 prevail throughout a large part of the investigated area; from late spring to late autumn cell densities are much lower (5–250 103 cells l–1). During each period a number of microplankton assemblages occur, each with its characteristic diversity and stability. The distribution and density of the microphytoplankton is clearly related to the presence of nutrient-rich water pockets and the prevailing winds for part of the year, as documented in earlier hydrological studies. The nanophytoplankton played a minor role during most of the year; this fraction dominated quantitatively in only a few cases. Based on these data, the Magdalena lagoon complex can be considered a very productive area. This is further substantiated by the presence of large quantities of several sardine and mackerel species, feeding almost exclusively on microphytoplankton. This reveals the existence of an important short chain pathway in the food web of this coastal lagoon system.
URI : http://www.repositoriodigital.ipn.mx/handle/123456789/13699
ISSN : 0142-7873
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