Protozoan plankton ecology /
Johanna-Laybourn Parry.
1st ed.
London ; New York : Chapman & Hall, 1992.
x, 231 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
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London ; New York : Chapman & Hall, 1992.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [201]-223) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1992-11:
An appropriate supplementary work for protozoology or biological oceanography studies; surveys the pelagic protozoa of the oceans, lakes, and brackish waters. Minimal space is devoted to classification of the ciliates, flagellates, and relatives of amoeba that are the major groups of planktonic protozoa, nicely freeing the book from burdensome nomenclature at lower taxonomic levels. The systematic chapters concisely synthesize a great deal of natural history information rather than bogging down in taxonomy. The disadvantage is that the reader unfamiliar with protozoa may be hard-pressed to appreciate the main features of the organisms discussed without referring to a proper protozoology text. A too-brief taxonomic appendix lists the higher groups but skimps on their major attributes. Two chapters cover descriptive ecology and distribution of lake, estuarine, and oceanic protozoa, and the final and longest chapter treats functional ecology, emphasizing community stucture, feeding relationships, and productivity. The book is up-to-date, clearly and succinctly written, and modestly illustrated with clear but somewhat crude diagrams, some inadequately labeled. Many photographs are not sharp; most fail to indicate the size of the organism, very important in protozoa. Advanced undergraduate through professional. A. J. Kohn; University of Washington
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..this book serves its new recruit audience well. - Ecology; It is an excellent introduction to the ecology of planktonic protozoa for the advanced undergraduate, the beginning graduate student or nonspecialist because it is short, well organized, easy to read, and well referenced ... It will be more useful to beginning students in protozoan ecology than any other available textbook - The Quarterly Review of Biology; ...a collection of information which has previously not been available. - European Journal of Protistol.; ...a collection of information which has previously not been available. - European Journal of Protistology
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Main Description
This book provides aquatic biologists with a concise text on the biology, temporal and spatial distribution patterns, and the functional role of planktonic protozoa in fresh, brackish and marine waters.

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