Adaptive Ecology, Growth Strategies and the Global Bloom Expansion of Dinoflagellates

  title={Adaptive Ecology, Growth Strategies and the Global Bloom Expansion of Dinoflagellates},
  author={Theodore J. Smayda},
  journal={Journal of Oceanography},
  • T. Smayda
  • Published 1 April 2002
  • Environmental Science
  • Journal of Oceanography
Dinoflagellates exhibit unique differences from diatoms in their adaptive ecologies that may be favoring their increasingly successful exploitation of coastal waters and global bloom expansion. Dinoflagellates behave as annual species, bloom soloists, are ecophysiologically diverse and habitat specialists, whereas diatoms behave as perennial species, guild members and are habitat cosmopolites. Diatoms have a relatively uniform bloom strategy based on species-rich pools and exhibit limited… 

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