Articles | Volume 18, issue 3
Biogeosciences, 18, 1161–1184, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-18-1161-2021
Biogeosciences, 18, 1161–1184, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-18-1161-2021

Research article 16 Feb 2021

Research article | 16 Feb 2021

Haplo-diplontic life cycle expands coccolithophore niche

Joost de Vries et al.

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Global SEM coccolithophore abundance compilation Joost C. de Vries, Harald Andruleit, Babette Böckel, Karl-Heinz Baumann, Federica Cerino, Anastasia Charalampopoulou, Martin Cepek, Lluisa Cros, Barbara D'Amario, Chris J. Daniels, Margarita D. Dimiza, Marta Estrada, Frédérique Eynaud, Jacques Giraudeau, Jelena Godrijan, Catarina V. Guerreiro, M. V. S. Guptha, Hans R. Thierstein, Ali T. Haidar, Boris-Theofanis Karatsolis, Hanno Kinkel, Qingshan Luan, Elisa Malinverno, Shramik M. Patil, Rahul Mohan, Alex J. Poulton, Mariem Saavedra-Pellitero, Ralf Schiebel, Helen Elizabeth Katie Smith, Luka Šupraha, Kyoma Takahashi, H. Okada, Maria Triantaphyllou, Mary W. Silver, and Fanny Monteiro https://doi.pangaea.de/10.1594/PANGAEA.922933

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Coccolithophores are important calcifying phytoplankton with an overlooked life cycle. We compile a global dataset of marine coccolithophore abundance to investigate the environmental characteristics of each life cycle phase. We find that both phases contribute to coccolithophore abundance and that their different environmental preference increases coccolithophore habitat. Accounting for the life cycle of coccolithophores is thus crucial for understanding their ecology and biogeochemical impact.
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