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Microzooplankton monitoring in the Mar Piccolo of Taranto. 2013-2014
Monti M., Del Negro P. (2018): Microzooplankton monitoring in the Mar Piccolo of Taranto, 2013-2014. OGS (Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale), Division of Oceanography.
Contact: Monti, Marina

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Microzooplankton monitoring in the Mar Piccolo of Taranto, 2013-2014 in the framework of the Italian flagship project RITMARE. more

In June 2013 and April 2014, sampling was carried out at four sites selected as representatives of different environmental issues and anthropogenic impacts Samples (5 L) were concentrated with a 10-μm mesh, reduced to 250 mL and immediately fixed with buffered formalin (4 % final concentration). Subsamples (10–25 cm3) were examined in a settling chamber using a Leica DMI 3000B inverted microscope equipped with phase contrast and bright-field illumination at ×200 magnification, according to the method of Utermöhl (1958). The entire surface of the chamber was examined. Among the microzooplankton communities, five main groups were considered and distinguished as ciliates (naked and tintinnids), heterotrophic dinoflagellates, other protozoa and micrometazoans. The phototrophic ciliate Mesodinium rubrum was treated together with the aloricate heterotrophic ciliates. Empty loricae of tintinnids were not differentiated from filled ones because tintinnid protoplasts are attached to the lorica by a fragile strand, which detaches with ease during collection and fixation of the samples. For each taxon, biovolumes were estimated by measuring the linear dimension of each organism with eyepiece scale and equating shapes to standard geometric figures. The obtained biovolumes were converted to carbon content by applying the following conversion factors and formulae according to Verity and Langdon (1984) for tintinnids, Putt and Stoecker (1989) for naked ciliates, Edler (1979) for athecate and thecate dinoflagellates and Beers and Stewart (1970) for other protozoa.

Biology > Plankton > Zooplankton
Marine/Coastal, coastal , Microzooplankton, EurOBIS calculated BBOX, MED, Italy, Taranto Gulf, Foraminiferida, Holotrichia F.Schmitz, 1897, Radiolaria, Spirotrichea, Tintinnina

Geographical coverage
EurOBIS calculated BBOX Stations
Bounding Box
Coordinates: MinLong: 17,2361; MinLat: 40,4764 - MaxLong: 17,2948; MaxLat: 40,4967 [WGS84]
MED, Italy, Taranto Gulf [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
2013 - 2014

Taxonomic coverage
Foraminiferida [WoRMS]
Holotrichia F.Schmitz, 1897 [WoRMS]
Radiolaria [WoRMS]
Spirotrichea [WoRMS]
Tintinnina [WoRMS]

Abundance of biological entity specified elsewhere per unit volume of the water body [BODC]
Occurrence of biota

National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics (OGS), moredata creator
Monti, Marina
Del Negro, Paola

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EurOBIS: European Ocean Biodiversity Information System, more

Based on this dataset
Karuza, A. et al. (2016). ‘End to end’ planktonic trophic web and its implications for the mussel farms in the Mar Piccolo of Taranto (Ionian Sea, Italy). Environm. Sc. & Poll. Res. 23(13): 12707-12724.

Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Data origin: Monitoring: field survey
Metadatarecord created: 2017-07-10
Information last updated: 2018-04-13
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