A comparative analysis of the organic and inorganic carbon content of Halimeda and Penicillus (Chlorophyta, Bryopsidales) in a coastal subtropical lagoon
Standing stocks of the calcifying algae, Halimeda and Penicillus, have remained stable over the 10 years surveyed (2007–2017) in Florida Bay (USA), a subtropical lagoon. The maximum contribution of calcium carbonate (CaCO3; 779.75 g m−2) was lower compared to tropical lagoons. Halimeda was more abundant and had higher inorganic:organic carbon ratios compared to Penicillus. The abundance of Penicillus varied across the surveyed sites, Sprigger Bank, Bob Allen Keys, and Duck Key, while its inorganic:organic carbon ratios did not vary significantly. Our long-term study provides a critical baseline that can help understand fluctuations in carbonate sediment production by calcareous algae in subtropical coastal waters.
Botanica Marina, Volume 62, Issue 4, Pages 323–326, eISSN 1437-4323, ISSN 0006-8055, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/bot-2018-0095.
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