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Significance Of Giant Phaeodarians (rhizaria) To Biogenic Silica Export In The California Current Ecosystem

Title: The Significance Of Giant Phaeodarians (rhizaria) To Biogenic Silica Export In The California Current Ecosystem.
Name(s): Biard, Tristan, author
Krause, Jeffrey W., author
Stukel, Michael R., author
Ohman, Mark D., author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Journal Article
Journal Article
Date Issued: 2018-06-01
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: In marine ecosystems, many planktonic organisms precipitate biogenic silica (bSiO(2)) to build silicified skeletons. Among them, giant siliceous rhizarians (>500 mu m), including Radiolaria and Phaeodaria, are important contributors to oceanic carbon pools but little is known about their contribution to the marine silica cycle. We report the first analyses of giant phaeodarians to bSiO(2) export in the California Current Ecosystem. We measured the silica content of single rhizarian cells ranging in size from 470 to 3,920 mu m and developed allometric equations to predict silica content (0.37-43.42 mu g Si/cell) from morphometric measurements. Using sediment traps to measure phaeodarian fluxes from the euphotic zone on four cruises, we calculated bSiO(2) export produced by two families, the Aulosphaeridae and Castanellidae. Biogenic silica export ranged from <0.01 to 0.63 mmol Si.m(-2).day(-1). These two families alone contributed on average 10% (range 0-80%) of total bSiO(2) export from the euphotic zone. Their proportional contributions increased substantially in more oligotrophic regions with lower bSiO(2) fluxes. Using the in situ Underwater Vision Profiler 5, we characterized vertical distributions of the giant phaeodarian family Aulosphaeridae to a depth of 500 m and inferred their contribution to bSiO(2) export in deeper waters. We found a significant increase of Aulosphaeridae export (<0.01 to 2.82 mmol Si.m(-2).day(-1)) when extended to mesopelagic depths. Using a global data set of in situ profiles, we estimated the significance of Aulosphaeridae to bSiO(2) export and revealed that they can act as major exporters of bSiO(2) to the mesopelagic zone in various regions.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_wos_000438026200006 (IID), 10.1029/2018GB005877 (DOI)
Keywords: organic-carbon, global ocean, north pacific-ocean, sargasso sea, surface waters, sub-arctic pacific, carbon export, California Current Ecosystem, export, in situ imagery, living radiolarians, marine silica cycle, northwestern pacific, Phaeodaria, radiolarian flux, Rhizaria
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Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part Of: Global Biogeochemical Cycles.
Issue: iss. 6, vol. 32

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Biard, T., Krause, J. W., Stukel, M. R., & Ohman, M. D. (2018). The Significance Of Giant Phaeodarians (rhizaria) To Biogenic Silica Export In The California Current Ecosystem. Global Biogeochemical Cycles. Retrieved from