Ecology

Habitat

Depth range based on 400 specimens in 22 taxa.
Water temperature and chemistry ranges based on 237 samples.

Environmental ranges
  Depth range (m): 0 - 150
  Temperature range (°C): 8.918 - 28.856
  Nitrate (umol/L): 0.000 - 7.250
  Salinity (PPS): 31.500 - 35.741
  Oxygen (ml/l): 4.427 - 6.523
  Phosphate (umol/l): 0.048 - 0.573
  Silicate (umol/l): 1.040 - 13.325

Graphical representation

Depth range (m): 0 - 150

Temperature range (°C): 8.918 - 28.856

Nitrate (umol/L): 0.000 - 7.250

Salinity (PPS): 31.500 - 35.741

Oxygen (ml/l): 4.427 - 6.523

Phosphate (umol/l): 0.048 - 0.573

Silicate (umol/l): 1.040 - 13.325
 
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Associations

In Great Britain and/or Ireland:
Foodplant / parasite
Chytridium sphaerocarpum parasitises Oscillatoria
Remarks: Other: uncertain

Foodplant / parasite
Rhizophydium megarhizum parasitises Oscillatoria

Foodplant / parasite
Rhizophydium subangulosum parasitises Oscillatoria

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Known predators

Oscillatoria (Trophic species 6) is prey of:
Sida crystallina
Leptophlebia
Crangonyx gracilis
Daphnia pulex
Daphnia rosea

Based on studies in:
USA: Wisconsin, Little Rock Lake (Lake or pond)
USA: Michigan, Tuesday Lake (Lake or pond)

This list may not be complete but is based on published studies.
  • Jonsson et al. 2005. Food webs, body size, and species abundance in ecological community description. Advances in Ecological Research 36:1-78.
  • Martinez ND (1991) Artifacts or attributes? Effects of resolution on the Little Rock Lake food web. Ecol Monogr 61:367–392
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Wikipedia

Oscillatoria

Oscillatoria is a genus of filamentous cyanobacterium which is named for the oscillation in its movement. Filaments in the colonies can slide back and forth against each other until the whole mass is reoriented to its light source. It is commonly found in watering-troughs waters, and is mainly blue-green or brown-green. Oscillatoria is an organism that reproduces by fragmentation. Oscillatoria forms long filaments of cells which can break into fragments called hormogonia. The hormogonia can grow into a new, longer filament. Breaks in the filament usually occur where dead cells (necridia) are present. Oscillatoria uses photosynthesis to survive and reproduce. Each filament of oscillatoria consists of trichome which is made up of rows of cells. The tip of the trichome oscillates like a pendulum.

Oscillatoria sp. is the subject of research into the natural production of butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT),[1] an antioxidant, food additive and industrial chemical.

Oscillatoria contains the following species:[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Babu B, Wu JT (December 2008). "Production of Natural Butylated Hydroxytoluene as an Antioxidant by Freshwater Phytoplankton". Journal of Phycology 44 (6): 1447–1454. doi:10.1111/j.1529-8817.2008.00596.x. 
  2. ^ M. D. Guiry. "Oscillatoria Vaucher ex Gomont, 1892: 198". AlgaeBase. Retrieved March 8, 2011. 
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