, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp 13-24
Date: 20 Mar 2009

Planktonic ciliates of the Baltic Sea (a review)

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Abstract

The data on the ciliates species composition are given for the Baltic Sea, a brackish-water semi-closed water body where a considerable part of the planktonic fauna is presented by freshwater species. During the observation period, 789 species of ciliates were found, 160 of which are typical planktonic forms. The ecological characteristics of ciliates are given, along with an assessment of their role in the productivity of the Baltic Sea pelagic communities.

Original Russian Text © E.I. Mironova, I.V. Telesh, S.O. Skarlato, 2009, published in Biologiya Vnutrennikh Vod, No. 1, 2009, pp. 15–26.