Distribution of cyanobacteria and other picophytoplankton in the western North Pacific Ocean, Summer 1989

  • Tsuneo Odate
  • Mitsuru Yanada
  • Lourdes V. Castillo
  • Yoshiaki Maita


Cell densities of phycoerythrin-fluorescing cyanobacteria and other chlorophyll-fluorescing picophytoplankton in the 0.2–2.0 µm size fraction were investigated, using an epifluorescence microscope, in the western North Pacific Ocean (36.5–44.0 °N, 155.0°E) in the summer of 1989. Cyanobacteria were most abundant in the surface of the subtropical water (36.5–38.0°N) and less in the northern sea area (39.5–44.0°N). The cell density of other picophytoplankton was, however, high in the northern part and low in the subtropical water. Results showed that algae other than cyanobacteria may significantly contribute to the picophytoplankton community under the low water temperature conditions of open waters. Chlorophylla concentration represented well the abundance of picophytoplankton other than cyanobacteria, but had no significant correlation with the cyanobacteria cell density. Chlorophylla-based data must be interpreted with caution, since the abundances of cyanobacteria were often considerably different even though the chlorophylla concentrations were the same level.


Water Temperature Cell Density Pacific Ocean Size Fraction Open Water 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tsuneo Odate
    • 1
  • Mitsuru Yanada
    • 1
  • Lourdes V. Castillo
    • 1
  • Yoshiaki Maita
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Marine Biochemical Science, Research Institute of North Pacific Fisheries, Faculty of FisheriesHokkaido UniversityHakodateJapan

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