We investigated the diel cycle mechanism of a tide-pool ciliate community of the northeastern coast of Taiwan. The investigation was conducted on 17th-18th June (typical summer weather), and on 23th -24th July 2013 (10 days after a typhoon). In June, the tide-pool ecosystem was an independent and the excystment of ciliates in the tide-pool caused a dramatic increase in population abundance, as well as composition change. In July, there was no significant difference between the species composition in the tide-pool and that in the surrounding coastal water. However, the abundance of ciliates in the tide-pool was lower due to the inability of ciliates to adapt to the tide-pool environment. From these results, we infer that the excystment of ciliates plays an important role in the diel cycle of the ciliate population in a tide-pool.
Chao, Chien-Fu; Wang, Bo-Wei; Cheng, Chao-Hsiung; and Chiang, Kuo-Ping
"THE DIEL DYNAMICS OF CILIATE COMMUNITY IN A TIDE-POOL,"
Journal of Marine Science and Technology: Vol. 21
, Article 28.
Available at: https://jmstt.ntou.edu.tw/journal/vol21/iss7/28