Chesapeake & Coastal Bay Life 

algae_frontbook.jpgAlgae are actually the most well known of a group of organisms called phytoplankton. Algae can best be described as small or microscopic plants. These organisms are photosynthetic, meaning that they function as plants, producing their own food from sunlight. Phytoplankton are the basis of most aquatic food chains, and are one of the primary producers of the oxygen we breathe. There are several different types of phytoplankton living in Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. Choose from the following classifications:

Scientific Name:Fibrocapsa japonica
Fast Fact:Historically observed in Maryland's Coastal Bays in 1992 and 1993 plankton surveys.
Photos:Fibrocapsa japonica
Photos.desc:Fibrocapsa japonica
Other Names:
Seasonal Dominance:Summer
Distribution:Most frequently observed in Maryland's Coastal Bays.
References:Hargraves, P.E. and L. Maranda. 2002. Potentially toxic or harmful microalgae from the northeast coast. Northeastern Naturalist 9(1):81-120.