Freshwater protozoa: biodiversity and ecological function

  title={Freshwater protozoa: biodiversity and ecological function},
  author={Bland J. Finlay and Genoveva F. Esteban},
  journal={Biodiversity \& Conservation},
  • B. FinlayG. Esteban
  • Published 1 September 1998
  • Environmental Science, Biology
  • Biodiversity & Conservation
The purpose of this article is to pull together various elements from current knowledge regarding the natural history of free-living protozoa in fresh waters. We define their functional role, set the likely limits of ‘biodiversity’, and explore how the two may be related. Protozoa are unicellular, phagotrophic organisms, and 16 phyla of protists contain free-living freshwater protozoan species. They are the most important grazers of microbes in aquatic environments and the only grazers of any… 

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