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The diversity, distribution and ecology of diatoms from Antarctic inland waters

Jones, J.. 1996 The diversity, distribution and ecology of diatoms from Antarctic inland waters. Biodiversity and Conservation, 5 (11). 1433-1449. 10.1007/BF00051986

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Abstract/Summary

Diatoms are abundant and diverse in many Antarctic freshwaters, with a general trend of decreasing diversity moving southwards. They form an important component of many benthic algal communities in streams and standing waters but are generally less common in the phytoplankton. Diatoms are excellent ecological indicator species and, because their remains are preserved in many sedimentary environments, there appears to be a great potential for palaeoenvironmental reconstruction and the examination of past diversity. A lack of taxonomic precision and consistency, coupled with the insufficient collection from some geographical areas, makes the estimation of the number of Antarctic diatom species problematic.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1007/BF00051986
Programmes: BAS Programmes > Pre 2000 programme
ISSN: 0960-3115
Additional Keywords: diatoms, inland waters, benthic, planktonic palaeoecology
Date made live: 15 Nov 2016 14:05 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/515163

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