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Cyanophyte Aggregation (Biotic Group)

Component: Biotic

Unique Identifier: 480

Biotic Setting Planktonic Biota
Biotic Class Phytoplankton
Biotic Subclass Cyanophyte Phytoplankton
Biotic Group Cyanophyte Aggregation
Biotic Community Nodularia Aggregation

Definition Waters dominated by cyanophytes, which can aggregate under appropriate conditions in both coastal and open ocean environments. Those with nitrogen-fixing capability have a competitive advantage in nitrogen-poor environments, and coccoid cyanophytes are often dominant in oligotrophic tropical oceans.