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Brazilian Journal of Biology

versión impresa ISSN 1519-6984

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KOENING, ML; FLORES MONTES, MJ; ESKINAZI LECA, E  y  TIBURCIO, ASXS. New record of Akashiwo sanguinea(Dinophyta) in the tropical estuarine waters of Northeastern Brazil (Western Atlantic). Braz. J. Biol. [online]. 2014, vol.74, n.1, pp.191-198. ISSN 1519-6984.  https://doi.org/10.1590/1519-6984.03512.

This study reports the occurrence and the effect of the environmental factors on the spatial and temporal distribution of the dinoflagellate Akashiwo sanguinea (Hirasaka) Hansen & Moestrup in estuarine waters of northeastern Brazil. Samples were collected at seven stations from March 2007 to February 2008 during high tide and low tide, using Van Dorn bottles. The samples were immediately fixed with Lugol and analyzed with the Utermöhl method. Water samples were also collected for the identification of the hydrological characteristics of the area. Akashiwo sanguinea occurred throughout the annual cycle and at all sampling sites with densities ranging between 5 and 410 x 103cells.L–1. The highest densities were recorded at low tide, especially during the months of the rainy season (July: 210 x 103 cells.L–1; August: 410 x 103cells.L–1). Density values were within the normal range and blooms were not detected. Despite being common in the area, the species showed preference for sites with high concentrations of orthophosphate and total dissolved phosphorus and with salinity in the mesohaline regime.

Palabras clave : Akashiwo sanguinea; dinoflagellate; distribution; estuarine waters; northeastern Brazil.

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