Abundance of organic-walled dinoflagellate cysts in surface sediments from the Atlantic sector of the Southern Ocean (Appendix 2), supplement to: Esper, Oliver; Zonneveld, Karin A F (2002): Distribution of organic-walled dinoflagellate cysts in surface sediments of the Southern Ocean (eastern Atlantic sector) between the Subtropical Front and the Weddell Gyre. Marine Micropaleontology, 46(1-2), 177-208


Thirty-two surface sediment samples from the Southern Ocean (eastern Atlantic sector), between the Subtropical Front and the Weddell Gyre, were investigated to provide information on the distribution of modern organic-walled dinoflagellate cysts in relation to the oceanic fronts of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current (ACC). A clearly distinguishable distribution pattern was observed in relation to the water masses and fronts of the ACC. The dinoflagellate cysts of species characteristic of open oceanic environments, such as Impagidinium species, are highly abundant around the Subtropical Front, whereas south of this front, cosmopolitan species such as Nematosphaeropsis labyrinthus and the cysts of Protoceratium reticulatum characterise the transition from subtropical to subantarctic surface waters. The subantarctic surface waters are dominated by the cysts of heterotrophic dinoflagellates, such as Protoperidinium spp. and Selenopemphix antarctica. The cysts of Protoperidinium spp. form the dominant part of the assemblages around the Antarctic Polar Front, whereas S. antarctica concentrations increase further to the south. The presence of S. antarctica in sediments of the Maud Rise, a region of seasonal sea-ice cover, reflects its tolerance for low temperatures and sea-ice cover. A previously undescribed species, Cryodinium meridianum gen. nov. sp. nov., has a restricted distribution pattern between the Antarctic Polar Front and the ACC-Weddell Gyre Boundary.

DOI https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.58938
Related Identifier https://doi.org/10.1016/S0377-8398(02)00041-5
Related Identifier https://nbn-resolving.org/urn:nbn:de:gbv:46-ep000103156
Metadata Access https://ws.pangaea.de/oai/provider?verb=GetRecord&metadataPrefix=datacite4&identifier=oai:pangaea.de:doi:10.1594/PANGAEA.58938
Creator Esper, Oliver; Zonneveld, Karin A F
Publisher PANGAEA - Data Publisher for Earth & Environmental Science
Publication Year 2002
Rights Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported
OpenAccess true
Language English
Resource Type Supplementary Dataset
Format text/tab-separated-values
Size 1440 data points
Discipline Earth System Research
Spatial Coverage (-24.248W, -64.555S, 17.365E, -31.950N); Cape Basin; Brazil Basin; Central South Atlantic; Maud Rise; Atlantic Indik Ridge; South Atlantic; South Atlantic Ocean
Temporal Coverage Begin 1986-04-08T00:00:00Z
Temporal Coverage End 2000-03-04T02:21:00Z