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Freshwater Dinoflagellates of North America

Copyright Date: 2014
Published by: Cornell University Press,
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    Freshwater Dinoflagellates of North America
    Book Description:

    Dinoflagellates are common unicellular organisms found in all types of aquatic ecosystems and are important contributors to freshwater ecosystems as significant primary producers of biomass. Despite increasing interest in the biology of living and fossil dinoflagellates, there has been no compilation of dinoflagellate species found in North America since 1934, and no keys to species.

    In Freshwater Dinoflagellates of North America, Susan Carty provides a much-needed taxonomic guide covering Canada, the United States, Mexico, all of Central America, the Caribbean, and Greenland. Features of the book include:

    • identification of dinoflagellate species,• distribution maps of species,• ecological and morphological keys to genera,• key to species within genus,• lists of references by location,• glossary, and• an extensive illustration program.

    Following an introductory section on the biology, morphology, and ecology of freshwater dinoflagellates, the species are presented in a field guide format with distribution maps, written descriptions emphasizing notable features, line drawings, and black-and-white and color micrographs.

    eISBN: 978-0-8014-7037-0
    Subjects: Botany & Plant Sciences, Aquatic Sciences, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  3. Preface
    (pp. vii-viii)
  4. Acknowledgments
    (pp. ix-xii)
  5. Introduction
    (pp. 1-28)

    When I cast my plankton net into a lake from the shoreline, nearby fishermen look at me wonderingly until I explain that, while they are sampling the top of the food chain, I am sampling the bottom. Dinoflagellates are a type of algae, and algae are the single-celled aquatic organisms that harvest the sun’s energy in photosynthesis and provide food to everything bigger than they are. In addition to providing food, dinoflagellates produce blooms that can give a foul smell and taste to water or even cause fish kills. It is these understudied freshwater dinoflagellates that are the subject of...


    • Key to All Genera 1: Classic
      (pp. 29-32)
    • Key to All Genera 2: Starting with Habitat
      (pp. 32-34)
    • Key to All Genera 3: Common or Easy-to-Identify
      (pp. 34-34)
    (pp. 35-84)
    (pp. 84-190)
  9. Color plates
    (pp. None)
  10. Appendix A. Documentation of Taxa by Location
    (pp. 191-209)
  11. Appendix B. Geographic References by Location
    (pp. 210-220)
  12. Appendix C. Latin Diagnoses and Other Technical Issues
    (pp. 221-224)
  13. Glossary
    (pp. 225-228)
  14. Literature Cited
    (pp. 229-256)
  15. Taxonomic Index
    (pp. 257-260)