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Chrysophyte Bloom (Biotic Group)

Component: Biotic

Unique Identifier: 469

Biotic Setting Planktonic Biota
Biotic Class Phytoplankton
Biotic Subclass Chrysophyte Phytoplankton
Biotic Group Chrysophyte Bloom
Biotic Community Aureococcus Bloom

Definition Surface waters where rapid growth and very high densities of chrysophytes occur. These organisms form brown tide blooms that are common in coastal waters and estuaries and often damage seagrass beds (by shading).They also may exhibit toxicity to grazers and filter feeders.