AME 23:97-101 (2000)  -  doi:10.3354/ame023097

Rapid changes in stocks of ciliate microzooplankton associated with a hurricane in the Bohai Sea (China)

Wuchang Zhang*, Rong Wang

Marine Ecology Department, Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 7 Nanhai Road, Qingdao 266071, PR China

ABSTRACT: The ciliate community in the Bohai Sea (China) was studied from 23 September to 7 October 1998. A hurricane struck the study area between the 2 grid station investigations, which were 6 d apart. The ciliate biomass decreased drastically after the hurricane. The surface ciliate biomass decreased from 0.2-12.3 to 0.02-2.8 μg C l-1 and the water column ciliate biomass from 2-136 to 0.01-47 mg C m-2. The ciliate biomass:chlorophyll ratios in the surface water were calculated to be 0.04 to 4.7 (1.41 on average) during the first grid investigation and 0.01 to 1.18 (0.26 on average) during the second grid investigation. Distinct patterns of temporal changes in ciliate abundances were found at different stations both before and after the hurricane.

KEY WORDS: Ciliate · Biomass · Microzooplankton · Bohai Sea

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