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Cryptophyte Maximum Layer (Biotic Group)

Component: Biotic

Unique Identifier: 479

Biotic Setting Planktonic Biota
Biotic Class Phytoplankton
Biotic Subclass Cryptophyte Phytoplankton
Biotic Group Cryptophyte Maximum Layer
Biotic Community Teleaulax Maximum Layer

Definition Relatively thin layer dominated by cryptophytes at depth in the water column. Motility allows the group to avoid predation and to optimize their heterotrophic grazing.