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Cryptophyte Aggregation (Biotic Group)

Component: Biotic

Unique Identifier: 477

Biotic Setting Planktonic Biota
Biotic Class Phytoplankton
Biotic Subclass Cryptophyte Phytoplankton
Biotic Group Cryptophyte Aggregation
Biotic Community Chrysophaeum Aggregation

Definition Waters dominated by aggregations of cryptophytes. Cryptophytes aggregate in waters where nutrient concentrations are seasonally in low supply and nutritional needs can be met by consuming bacteria.