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Dinoflagellate Bloom (Biotic Group)

Component: Biotic

Unique Identifier: 487

Biotic Setting Planktonic Biota
Biotic Class Phytoplankton
Biotic Subclass Dinoflagellate Phytoplankton
Biotic Group Dinoflagellate Bloom
Biotic Community Karenia Bloom


Description
Definition Surface waters where rapid growth and very high densities of dinoflagellates occur. These blooms have caused a number of problems in coastal waters because many species are toxic to consumers. Shellfish and fish can accumulate toxins and pass them on to higher trophic levels, including humans.