The Biology and Ecology of Tintinnid Ciliates : Models for marine plankton

john DOLAN, David MONTAGNES, Sabin AGATHA, Wayne COATS, Diane STOECKER

Abstract


In estuaries and coastal sea, as in the open ocean, microzooplankton are the major consumers of primary production. Among the very diverse group of organisms in the microzooplankton are tintinnid ciliates. These relatively conspicuous 'shelled ciliates' have been studied, primarily in estuarine and coastal waters, for a surprisingly long time (late 18th century) and from a wide variety of perspectives. This volume is an attempt to provide a synthesis of a very large and heterogeneous body of literature. Tintinnid ciliates are presented as a model group of organisms for studies of marine plankton. The book begins with a wide-ranging general introduction to tintinnid ciliates. The introductory chapter one is freely available for downloading on the publisher's webpage for the title (http://eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0470671513.html). The introduction is followed by nine chapters focusing on quite different topics each authored by experts in the particular domain.

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