Plankton communities of the Coorong, Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth

Sophie C Leterme, Rod Oliver, Russ Shiel, Deevesh Hemraj, Mike Geddes, Deborah Furst, Kane Aldridge, Thomas Barnes, Scotte O Wedderburn

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Abstract

The Coorong, Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth (CLLMM) region is quite biodiverse, due to
highly variable environmental conditions over a relatively small area. The varying environmental
conditions create a broad array of habitats due to physical (i.e. presence of structure), chemical
(i.e. variations in water quality/salinity) and biological (i.e. presence of aquatic macrophytes)
factors. As such, the region is well known for the presence of a diverse
array of biota, particularly bird and fish taxa. However, other biota such as plankton are also
abundant and diverse in the region for the same reasons as higher trophic order animals.
Plankton are a diverse group of microorganisms that live in water, ranging from unicellular
organisms smaller than 0.2 μm (femtoplankton) to multicellular organisms up to 20 cm
(macroplankton).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNatural History of the Coorong, Lower Lakes, and Murray Mouth Region
Subtitle of host publication (Yarluwar-Ruwe)
EditorsLuke Mosley, Qifeng Ye, Scoresby Shepherd, Steve Hemming, Rob Fitzpatrick
Place of PublicationAdelaide
PublisherRoyal Society of South Australia
Chapter3.1
Pages273-291
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781925261813
ISBN (Print)9781925261806
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018

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Keywords

  • multicellular organisms
  • unicellular organisms
  • Biotas

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    Leterme, S. C., Oliver, R., Shiel, R., Hemraj, D., Geddes, M., Furst, D., Aldridge, K., Barnes, T., & Wedderburn, S. O. (2018). Plankton communities of the Coorong, Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth. In L. Mosley, Q. Ye, S. Shepherd, S. Hemming, & R. Fitzpatrick (Eds.), Natural History of the Coorong, Lower Lakes, and Murray Mouth Region: (Yarluwar-Ruwe) (pp. 273-291). Royal Society of South Australia. https://doi.org/10.20851/natural-history-cllmm