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Hydromedusa blooms and upwelling event in the Bay of Panama, tropical east Pacific

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dc.contributor.author Miglietta, Maria Pia en
dc.contributor.author Rossi, Marco en
dc.contributor.author Collin, Rachel en
dc.date.accessioned 2009-09-09T15:12:32Z
dc.date.available 2009-09-09T15:12:32Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.citation Miglietta, Maria Pia, Rossi, Marco, and Collin, Rachel. 2008. "<a href="https%3A%2F%2Frepository.si.edu%2Fhandle%2F10088%2F8102">Hydromedusa blooms and upwelling event in the Bay of Panama, tropical east Pacific</a>." <em>Journal of Plankton Research</em>. 30 (7):783&ndash;793. <a href="https://doi.org/10.1093/plankt/fbn038">https://doi.org/10.1093/plankt/fbn038</a> en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10088/8102
dc.description.abstract Seasonal upwelling events dominate coastal areas of some regions of the Tropical East Pacific. The effects of upwelling on gelatinous zooplankton are largely unknown and undocumented for this or any region, although upwelling is known to shape phytoplankton dynamics. Small hydromedusae, the most widespread and diverse representatives of gelatinous plankton, are often neglected in plankton ecology as they are inconspicuous and escape direct observation. Their occurrence is seasonal and standard plankton sampling techniques easily overlook their blooms. In order to investigate whether upwelling affects hydromedusae dynamics we monitored their abundance and diversity in the Bay of Panama, a region on the Pacific Coast of Panama characterized by seasonal upwelling events. Our results show that, although the number of species is relatively constant throughout the year, hydromedusa abundance in the Bay of Panama can be up to two orders of magnitude higher during upwelling than non-upwelling conditions. The difference in the numbers of hydromedusae between the two seasons is mostly due to temporally short medusa blooms that occur only during the upwelling season. Our results point to a link between hydromedusa blooms and upwelling events, and the increased productivity associated with them. The results are consistent with a scenario in which upwelling events act on the benthic colonies thus inducing medusa production. en
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dc.title Hydromedusa blooms and upwelling event in the Bay of Panama, tropical east Pacific en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.srbnumber 74351
dc.identifier.doi 10.1093/plankt/fbn038
rft.jtitle Journal of Plankton Research
rft.volume 30
rft.issue 7
rft.spage 783
rft.epage 793
dc.description.SIUnit Marine Biology en
dc.description.SIUnit Encyclopedia of Life en
dc.description.SIUnit Forces of Change en
dc.description.SIUnit Panama en
dc.description.SIUnit Naos Island Laboratories en
dc.description.SIUnit STRI en
dc.citation.spage 783
dc.citation.epage 793


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