Dinoflagellate cycst in Neogene sediments of ODP Leg 178 holes, supplement to: Pudsey, Carol J; Harland, Rex (2001): Data report: Dinoflagellate cyst analysis of Neogene sediments from Sites 1095 and 1096, Antarctic Peninsula continental rise. In: Barker, PF; Camerlenghi, A; Acton, GD; Ramsay, ATS (eds.) Proceedings of the Ocean Drilling Program, Scientific Results, College Station, TX (Ocean Drilling Program), 178, 1-10

Carol J Pudsey & Rex Harland
Protoperidiniacean dinoflagellate cysts were identified in 19 of 28 samples from two sites on the Antarctic Peninsula continental rise. Cysts are most common in the lower Pliocene and upper Miocene and include species of Brigantedinium, Lejeunecysta, and Selenopemphix. Autotrophic gonyaulacacean dinoflagellate cysts are very rare in the samples. The dominance of taxa derived from assumed heterotrophic dinoflagellate motile forms may indicate high nutrient content in the surface waters, which sustained a considerable diatom population.
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