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Protist Biodiversity in the Indian River Lagoon

Of the protists documented in the original Inventory, over half (53.4%) were Chrysophyta (diatoms). The Rhizopoda (amoebas and forams) comprised 21.9% of the species diversity among Protists, while the Ciliophora (ciliates) and the Dinoflagellata (dinoflagellates) comprised 19.3% and 5.4% respectively.

Group

# Species

Class Bacillariophyceae (Chrysophyta) 521
Phylum Rhizopoda 66
Phylum Ciliophora 21
Phylum Pyrrophycophyta (Dinoflagellata) 160