, Volume 207, Issue 1, pp 43–52 | Cite as

Trophic structure and productivity of the lagoonal communities of Tikehau atoll (Tuamotu Archipelago, French Polynesia)

  • Loïc Charpy
  • Claude J. Charpy-Roubaud
Part One: Trophic Level Interaction


Carbon standing stocks and fluxes were studied in the lagoon of Tikehau atoll (Tuamotu archipelago, French Polynesia), from 1983 to 1988.

The average POC concentration (0.7–2000 µm) was 203 mg C m−3. The suspended living carbon (31.6 mg C m−3) was made up of bacteria (53%), phytoplankton < 5 µm (14.2%), phytoplankton > 5 µm (14.2%), nanozooplankton 5–35 µm (5.7%), microzooplankton 35–200 µm (4.7%) and mesozooplankton 200–2000 µm (7.9%). The microphytobenthos biomass was 480 mg C m−2.

Suspended detritus (84.4% of the total POC) did not originate from the reef flat but from lagoonal primary productions. Their sedimentation exceeded phytobenthos production.

It was estimated that 50% of bacterial biomass was adsorbed on particles. the bacterial biomass dominance was explained by the utilisation of 1) DOC excreted by phytoplankton (44–175 mg C m−2 day −1) and zooplankton (50 mg Cm−2 day−1)2) organic compounds produced by solar-induced photochemical reactions 3) coral mucus.

50% of the phytoplankton biomass belongs to the < 5 µm fraction. This production (440 mg C m−2 day−1) exceeded phytobenthos production (250 mg C m−2 day−1) when the whole lagoon was considered.

The zooplankton > 35 µm ingested 315 mg C m−2 day−1, made up of phytoplankton, nanozooplankton and detritus. Its production was 132 mg C m−2 day−1.

Key words

atoll suspended matter detritus phytoplankton microphytobenthos zooplankton 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Loïc Charpy
    • 1
  • Claude J. Charpy-Roubaud
    • 1
  1. 1.ORSTOM et Centre d'Océanologie de MarseilleStation Marine d'EndoumeMarseilleFrance

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