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Marine Plankton: A practical guide to ecology, methodology, and taxonomy

Claudia Castellani and Martin Edwards


A thorough understanding of planktonic organisms is the first step towards a real appreciation of the diversity, biology, and ecological importance of marine life. A detailed knowledge of their distribution and community composition is particularly important since these organisms are often very delicate and sensitive to change, and can be used as early indicators of environmental change. Natural and man-induced modification of the environment can affect both the distribution and composition of plankton, with important ecological and economic impacts. This book provides a practical guide to pla ... More

Keywords: planktonic organisms, marine life, environmental change, plankton biology, plankton ecology, sampling, preservation

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Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780199233267
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199233267.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Claudia Castellani, editor
Research Fellow and Plankton Taxonomist, Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science (SAHFOS)

Martin Edwards, editor
Chief Scientist, Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science (SAHFOS)

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Section I Ecology

Chapter 1 The Marine Environment

N. Penny Holliday and Stephanie Henson

Section II Methodology

Chapter 9 Sampling, Preservation and Counting of Samples I: Phytoplankton

Alexandra Kraberg, Katja Metfies, and Rowena Stern

Chapter 10 Sampling, Preservation and Counting of Samples II: Zooplankton

Peter H. Wiebe, Ann Bucklin, and Mark Benfield

Section III Taxonomy

Introduction to Taxonomy

Rowena Stern, Marianne Wootton, and Claudia Castellani

Phytoplankton: Diatoms

Alexandra Kraberg and Rowena Stern

Phytoplankton: Dinoflagellates

Alexandra Kraberg and Rowena Stern

Phytoplankton: Flagellates

Rowena Stern, Heather Esson, and Cecilia Balestreri

Protozooplankton: Ciliates

AlexANDRA Kraberg, Rowena Stern, and Michaela Strüder-Kypke

Protozooplankton: Radiolaria

Rowena Stern, Claire Taylor, Fabrice Not, and Johan Decelle

Protozooplankton: Foraminifera

Rowena Stern, Claire Taylor, and Saeed Sadri

Cnidaria: Scyphozoa and Non-Colonial Hydrozoa

Priscilla Licandro, Astrid Fischer, and Dhugal J. Lindsay

Cnidaria: Colonial Hydrozoa (Siphonophorae)

Priscilla Licandro, Claude Carré, and Dhugal J. Lindsay


Priscilla Licandro and Dhugal J. Lindsay

Crustacea: Introduction

Claudia Castellani and Marianne Wootton

Crustacea: Copepoda

Marianne Wootton and Claudia Castellani

Crustacea: Branchiopoda

Claudia Castellani

Crustacea: Ostracoda

Martin V. Angel and Anthony W.G. John

Crustacea: Decapoda

Clare Buckland, Claudia Castellani, Alistair J. Lindley, and Antonina Dos Santos

Crustacea: Stomatopoda

Claudia Castellani, Clare Buckland, Alistair J. Lindley, David V.P. Conway, and Antonina dos Santos

Crustacea: Lophogastrida and Mysida

Claudia Castellani, Maiju Lehtiniemi, and Kenneth Meland

Crustacea: Amphipoda

Tanya Jonas

Crustacea: Euphausiacea

Alistair J. Lindley

Anellida: Holoplanktonic Polychaeta

Claudia Castellani and Robert Camp

Mollusca: Holoplanktonic Molluscs

Silke Lischka and Holger Ossenbrügger


Annelies Pierrot-Bults


David V.P. Conway, Claudia Castellani, and Eve C. Southward


Judith Fuchs and John Bishop


Judith Fuchs and Andreas Altenburger


Judith Fuchs


David V.P. Conway, Robert Camp, and Claudia Castellani

Chordata: Thaliacea

Priscilla Licandro and Martina Brunetta

Chordata: Appendicularia

Gabriel Gorsky and Claudia Castellani

Chordata: Fish eggs and larvae

Peter Munk and Jørgen G. Nielsen