This paper considers the structure of freshwater phytoplankton assemblages and promotes a scheme of ‘vegetation recognition’, based upon the functional associations of species represented in the plankton. These groups are often polyphyletic, recognizing commonly shared adaptive features, rather than common phylogeny, to be the key ecological driver. Thirty-one such associations are outlined and the basic pattern of their distinctive ecologies is outlined. An invitation to other plankton scientists to assist in the development of this scheme is issued.
|Numero di pagine||12|
|Rivista||Journal of Plankton Research|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2002|
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