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Average process length variation of the marine dinoflagellate cyst Operculodinium centrocarpum in the tropical and Southern Hemisphere Oceans: Assessing its potential as a palaeosalinity proxy

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Verleye, TJ and Mertens, KN and Young, MD and Dale, B and McMinn, A and Scott, L and Zonneveld, KAF and Louwye, S, Average process length variation of the marine dinoflagellate cyst Operculodinium centrocarpum in the tropical and Southern Hemisphere Oceans: Assessing its potential as a palaeosalinity proxy, Marine Micropaleontology, 86-87 pp. 45-58. ISSN 0377-8398 (2012) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.marmicro.2012.02.001

Abstract

The study investigates the morphological variability of the dinoflagellate cyst Operculodinium centrocarpum (resting cyst of Protoceratium reticulatum) in core-top samples distributed over the Southern Hemisphere and the tropics in relation to sea-surface temperature (SST) and sea-surface salinity (SSS) at the corresponding sites. The process lengths show a moderate inverse relationship to summer SST (sSST) (R = 0.44) and sSSS/sSST (R = 0.4), however, lateral transport of cysts probably produced noise in the plots. After excluding tropical and Southern Hemisphere sites considered to have been affected by long distance lateral transport, the relationship between process length and density follows the equation sD = 0.8422x + 1016.9 (R = 0.55) with a Root Mean Square Error = 0.63 kg m− 3, while the negative correlation with sSST increases up to R = 0.79. Next to salinity, this study thus highlights the importance of a second factor, temperature, affecting process length in the topics and the Southern Hemisphere oceans.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:paleosalinity dinoflagellate cysts, Operculodinium centrocarpum, process length, salinity, temperature, density, Southern Hemisphere, tropics
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology)
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Objective Field:Coastal and Estuarine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Author:McMinn, A (Professor Andrew McMinn)
ID Code:76939
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:11
Deposited By:IMAS Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2012-03-15
Last Modified:2015-07-28
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