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Chrysophyte Aggregation (Biotic Group)

Component: Biotic

Unique Identifier: 468

Biotic Setting Planktonic Biota
Biotic Class Phytoplankton
Biotic Subclass Chrysophyte Phytoplankton
Biotic Group Chrysophyte Aggregation
Biotic Community Apindella Aggregation

Definition Waters dominated by chrysophytes; these cells can aggregate via mucus excretions that bind single cells into colonies, often combined with mineral particles and bacterial communities. Chrysophytes occur in coastal waters where nutrients and light are sufficient.