Dinoflagellates have enemies too! Another article for folks trying to understand dinoflagellates a little better.
Chaeto and turf algae allow the highest density of epiphitic toxic dino's of any sudied algae. (See Table 1.) Even more interesting to me is Appendix A where a variety of macro aglae are listed, along with notes on palatability to some known grazers.
Article Title: Parasitic Life Styles of Marine Dinoflagellates Author: COATS, D. WAYNE Journal: Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology, Volume 46, Issue 4, July 1999, Pages 402–409 Universal Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1550-7408.1999.tb04620.x PDF Available [...]parasitic dinoflagellates exhibit varying degrees of host specificity. The fish ectoparasite Amyloodinium ocellatum shows almost no host preference, with infections reported for over 100 species representing more than... Continue Reading →
The role of nutrients in decomposition of a thecate dinoflagellate Tamar Zohary, Hans Güde, Utsa Pollingher, Bina Kaplan, Riki Pinkas, Ora Hadas Limnology and Oceanography, Volume 45, Issue 1, January 2000, Pages 123–130 DOI: 10.4319/lo.2000.45.1.0123 PDF Available. Because of the low N and P content of thecae (C:N:P atomic ratios >3000:19: 1) relative to protoplasts (276 :51:1), the microbial... Continue Reading →