The importance of anaerobic free-living phagotrophic protists has gained renewed attention following the discovery of an unexpectedly high diversity in anoxic aquatic habitats. Here I attempt to illustrate the physiology and trophic role of phagotrophic protists in anoxic compartments of chemically stratified lakes. The long-standing notion of the low productivity of anaerobic food webs is partly disputed, and the possibility of aerobic metazoans that are able to withstand anoxia acting as a trophic link between anaerobic primary production and the aerobic food web of metazoans is briefly covered.

The Role Of Eukaryotes in the Anaerobic Food Web of Stratified Lakes

SACCA', Alessandro
2012

Abstract

The importance of anaerobic free-living phagotrophic protists has gained renewed attention following the discovery of an unexpectedly high diversity in anoxic aquatic habitats. Here I attempt to illustrate the physiology and trophic role of phagotrophic protists in anoxic compartments of chemically stratified lakes. The long-standing notion of the low productivity of anaerobic food webs is partly disputed, and the possibility of aerobic metazoans that are able to withstand anoxia acting as a trophic link between anaerobic primary production and the aerobic food web of metazoans is briefly covered.
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