Distribution and environmental correlations of picoeukaryotes in an Arctic fjord (Kongsfjorden, Svalbard) during the summer

  • Fang Zhang Key Laboratory for Polar Science, State Oceanic Administration, Polar Research Institute of China
  • Shunan Cao Key Laboratory for Polar Science, State Oceanic Administration, Polar Research Institute of China
  • Yuan Gao Key Laboratory for Polar Science, State Oceanic Administration, Polar Research Institute of China; College of Ocean and Earth Sciences, Xiamen University
  • Jianfeng He Key Laboratory for Polar Science, State Oceanic Administration, Polar Research Institute of China
Keywords: Chlorophytes, hydrography, water masses, nutrients


Picoeukaryotes are numerous in the summer in the High-Arctic fjord Kongsfjorden, in western Spitsbergen, Svalbard. However, little research has been conducted on the community structure and diversity of picoeukaryotes. We conducted a detailed investigation of the distribution and environmental correlations of picoeukaryotes in Kongsfjorden in July 2012, using 454-pyrosequencing of 18S rDNA and redundant analysis. Eight classes were classified with proportions larger than 1%. These were Mamiellophyceae, Chrysophyceae, Spirotrichea, Telonemea, Cryptophyceae, Bolidophyceae, Picomonadea and Dictyochophyceae. Five genera were classified, with Micromonas (55.6%) and Bathycoccus (7.8%) as the dominant genera. The diversity and composition of the picoeukaryote community were very distinct in different water masses sampled in the water column (i.e., vertically), but were not distinct from station to station (i.e., horizontally). Biodiversity was greater in the Atlantic waters than in glacial waters. Mamiellophyceae, Bolidophyceae, Picomonadea and Dictyochophyceae had significantly different distributions (p < 0.01) in the three water masses (surface water, intermediate water and transformed Atlantic Water). Nitrogen, salinity and temperature were the first three primary environmental factors shaping the community structure of picoeukaryotes.


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Zhang, F., Cao, S., Gao, Y., & He, J. (2019). Distribution and environmental correlations of picoeukaryotes in an Arctic fjord (Kongsfjorden, Svalbard) during the summer. Polar Research, 38. https://doi.org/10.33265/polar.v38.3390
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