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Noctiluca blooms in the Arabian Sea

SUDDEN APPEARANCE OF BLOOMS OF NOCTILUCA SCINTILLANS IN THE ARABIAN SEA – AN ABRUPT SHIFT IN BIODIVERSITY OF WINTER MONSOONAL BLOOMS

In the last decade there has been a radical shift in  winter monsoonal phytoplankton blooms in the northern Arabian Sea  with large blooms of the dinoflagellate Noctiluca scintillans replacing diatoms, the unicellular, siliceous photosynthetic organisms that were observed as the main blooming phytoplankton when waters were enriched with nutrients from enriched waters from winter convective mixing
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