|Protistology • 14 (3), XXX–XXX (2020)|
The interplay of two invaders: can blooms of the potentially toxic dinoflagellates Prorocentrum cordatum be downregulated by the neritic copepods Acartia tonsa?
Irena V. Telesh1, Antonina N. Khanaychenko2 and Sergei O. Skarlato3
1 Zoological Institute RAS, 199034 St. Petersburg, Russia
| Submitted August 4, 2020 | Accepted Setember 3, 2020 |
The article compares ecological requirements of the potentially toxic bloom-forming dinoflagellates Prorocentrum cordatum and their grazers, the neritic calanoid copepods Acartia tonsa in the Baltic and Black seas. A preliminary analysis of the ecological niche characteristics of these two common invasive species allowed assuming the partial juxtaposition of their niches and speculating on the perspectives of this phenomenon for the invasion success and putative top-down control of harmful algal blooms in marine coastal ecosystems.
Key words: Acartia tonsa, Baltic Sea, biological invasion, Black Sea, harmful algal blooms, Prorocentrum cordatum
Address for correspondence:
Irena V. Telesh. Zoological Institute RAS, Universitetskaya nab. 1, 199034 St. Petersburg, Russia;
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