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Community Structure and Abundance of Tintinnids in the Bay of Bengal During the Spring

Huaxue Liu1, Liangmin Huang2, Zhixin Ke2, Jianrong Huang3, Gang Li2 and Yehui Tan2
  • 1 Department of Fishery Environment, South China Sea Fisheries Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Fisheries Sciences, Guangzhou 510300, China
  • 2 Department of Marine Biology, South China Sea Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Science, Guangzhou 510301, China
  • 3 Faculty of Life Sciences, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou 510275, China


The Bay of Bengal (BoB) locates in eastern part of the northern Indian Ocean, with a unique inter-related oceanographic system due to the monsoon and enormous runoffs’ supply. microbial food web often dominated the stratified Tropical Ocean, while few studies have been taken up to the tintinnids ciliates. Community structure and abundance of tintinnids were investigated in transact 10° N of the BoB during April 23 to May 2 of 2010. Discrete samples (for tintinnids and environment parameter analysis) were collected at various depths of 0, 25, 50, 75, 100, 150 and 200 m at each station. The tintinnids abundance vertically increased from surface water to maximal at the 75 m, decreased thereafter to the 200 m layer. A total of 20 tintinnids species that belong to 16 genera. Undella ostenfedi was dominant species, followed by Eutintinnus fraknoii and Amphorella quadrilineata. Tintinnids abundance was positively correlated to chlorophyll a concentration (p<0.01), indicating the vertical distribution of the tintinnids community was regulated by available food resource.

American Journal of Agricultural and Biological Sciences
Volume 7 No. 4, 2012, 407-411


Submitted On: 4 March 2012 Published On: 20 September 2012

How to Cite: Liu, H., Huang, L., Ke, Z., Huang, J., Li, G. & Tan, Y. (2012). Community Structure and Abundance of Tintinnids in the Bay of Bengal During the Spring. American Journal of Agricultural and Biological Sciences, 7(4), 407-411.

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  • Tintinnids
  • Abundance
  • Community Structure
  • Bay of Bengal