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A review of recent freshwater dinoflagellate cysts: taxonomy, phylogeny, ecology and palaeocology

Mertens, Kenneth Neil; Rengefors, Karin LU ; Moestrup, Ojvind and Ellegaard, Marianne (2012) In Phycologia 51(6). p.612-619
Abstract
Resting stages (e.g. cysts) play an important role in the life history and ecology of phytoplankton, e.g. the survival, reproduction, genetic recombination, and dispersal of many species. Marine dinoflagellates cysts have been intensively studied by both geologists and biologists, but freshwater cysts have received less attention. There are approximately 350 freshwater dinoflagellate species, and resting cysts have been described for 84 species. We evaluated the descriptions, and we reproduced images for each cyst type. The review highlighted the importance of cyst characters for taxonomy and phylogeny. We suggested that shape, wall ornamentation and possibly the archeopyle and color were important morphological characteristics at the... (More)
Resting stages (e.g. cysts) play an important role in the life history and ecology of phytoplankton, e.g. the survival, reproduction, genetic recombination, and dispersal of many species. Marine dinoflagellates cysts have been intensively studied by both geologists and biologists, but freshwater cysts have received less attention. There are approximately 350 freshwater dinoflagellate species, and resting cysts have been described for 84 species. We evaluated the descriptions, and we reproduced images for each cyst type. The review highlighted the importance of cyst characters for taxonomy and phylogeny. We suggested that shape, wall ornamentation and possibly the archeopyle and color were important morphological characteristics at the generic level and above. The ecology of freshwater dinoflagellate cysts was reviewed, and the ecological role of cysts was discussed. The potential of freshwater cysts for Quaternary palaeoecological reconstructions was highlighted, revealing that these could serve as useful indicators of temperature, pH and productivity. (Less)
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Biecheleria, Ceratium, Gymnodinium, Parvodinium, Peridinium, Tovellia, Woloszynskia
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Phycologia
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51
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6
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612 - 619
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International Phycological Society
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0031-8884
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10.2216/11-89.1
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  author       = {Mertens, Kenneth Neil and Rengefors, Karin and Moestrup, Ojvind and Ellegaard, Marianne},
  issn         = {0031-8884},
  keyword      = {Biecheleria,Ceratium,Gymnodinium,Parvodinium,Peridinium,Tovellia,Woloszynskia},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {6},
  pages        = {612--619},
  publisher    = {International Phycological Society},
  series       = {Phycologia},
  title        = {A review of recent freshwater dinoflagellate cysts: taxonomy, phylogeny, ecology and palaeocology},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.2216/11-89.1},
  volume       = {51},
  year         = {2012},
}