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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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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