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Cryptophyte Phytoplankton (Biotic Subclass)

Component: Biotic

Unique Identifier: 413

Biotic Setting Planktonic Biota
Biotic Class Phytoplankton
Biotic Subclass Cryptophyte Phytoplankton
Biotic Group Cryptophyte Aggregation
Cryptophyte Bloom
Cryptophyte Maximum Layer

Definition Waters dominated by cryptophytes, a small—but diverse—group of unicellular algae that occur in fresh and salt water. Some species are mixotrophic and are able to thrive in low-nutrient environments.