Kōrero: Plankton

A coccolithophore

A coccolithophore

Coccolithophores are plant plankton (also called phytoplankton). They carry out photosynthesis – using sunlight to make food. Pictured here is a single Emiliana huxleyi, found in all oceans. Like other coccolithophores, it is a microscopic single cell encased in ornately shaped plates of calcium carbonate. Under favourable conditions, coccolithophores grow and divide rapidly, producing so many individuals that the surface of the ocean turns milky white.

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NIWA – National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Maggy Wassilieff, 'Plankton - Plant plankton', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/5130/a-coccolithophore (accessed 14 July 2024)

He kōrero nā Maggy Wassilieff, i tāngia i te 12 Jun 2006