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Ecology

Blooms of Noctiluca have been recorded on a regular basis off the Belgian coast since 1971 (Mommaerts, 1985, 1986a,b) and have also been noted in Norwegian offshore waters (Tangen, 1979). In the German Bight, Noctiluca is most abundant off the east and north Friesian islands in the first ten days of July (Uhlig & Sahling, 1982).
  • Reid, P.C.; Lancelot, C.; Gieskes, W.W.C.; Hagmeier, E.; Weichart, G. (1990). Phytoplankton of the North Sea and its dynamics: a review. Neth. J. Sea Res. 26(2-4): 295-331
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Comprehensive Description

Description of Noctiluca

Noctilucid dinoflagellate, very large (> 1mm) with a tentacle of similar length, cphagotrophic; reproduction by small biflagellate zoospores; bioluminescent;may form non-toxic red-tides.
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Ecology

Habitat

Depth range based on 2199 specimens in 2 taxa.
Water temperature and chemistry ranges based on 673 samples.

Environmental ranges
  Depth range (m): 0 - 172
  Temperature range (°C): 2.909 - 28.884
  Nitrate (umol/L): 0.000 - 27.207
  Salinity (PPS): 17.095 - 36.259
  Oxygen (ml/l): 0.516 - 7.434
  Phosphate (umol/l): 0.114 - 2.251
  Silicate (umol/l): 0.648 - 77.938

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Depth range (m): 0 - 172

Temperature range (°C): 2.909 - 28.884

Nitrate (umol/L): 0.000 - 27.207

Salinity (PPS): 17.095 - 36.259

Oxygen (ml/l): 0.516 - 7.434

Phosphate (umol/l): 0.114 - 2.251

Silicate (umol/l): 0.648 - 77.938
 
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