Inland Water Biology

, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp 13–24 | Cite as

Planktonic ciliates of the Baltic Sea (a review)

Aquatic Flora and Fauna


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.

Key words

ciliates species composition production Baltic Sea 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. I. Mironova
    • 1
  • I. V. Telesh
    • 2
  • S. O. Skarlato
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of CytologyRussian Academy of ScienceSt. PetersburgRussia
  2. 2.Zoological InstituteRussian Academy of ScienceSt. PetersburgRussia

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