Symposium presentation for a joint meeting of the Society of Protozoologists, American Phycological Society, and the International Society of Evolutionary Protistology, August 7, 1998, Flagstaff, AR.
The Ecological Roles of Heterotrophic Dinoflagellates in Marine Planktonic Community1
Article first published online: 2 MAY 2007
Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology
Volume 46, Issue 4, pages 390–396, July 1999
How to Cite
JEONG, H. J. (1999), The Ecological Roles of Heterotrophic Dinoflagellates in Marine Planktonic Community. Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology, 46: 390–396. doi: 10.1111/j.1550-7408.1999.tb04618.x
- Issue published online: 2 MAY 2007
- Article first published online: 2 MAY 2007
- food web;
- red tide;
- trophic interactions
Heterotrophic dinoflagellates are ubiquitous and often abundant protists in marine environments. Recently, several novel predator-prey relationships between heterotrophic dinoflagellates and other planktonic organisms have been discovered and shown to have diverse ecological roles. Heterotrophic dinoflagellates are predators on a wide array of prey items, including phytoplankton, copepod eggs, and early naupliar stages. They are in turn important prey for some metazoa. Some heterotrophic dinoflagellates are predators of and simultaneously prey for other dinoflagellates. These newly discovered predator-prey relationships may influence our conventional view of energy flow and carbon cycling in the marine planktonic community.