Temporal fluxes of radiolarians along the W-E transect in the central and western equatorial Pacific, 1999-2002

Yusuke Okazaki, Kozo Takahashi, Hirofumi Asahi

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Coarse size (>63μm) radiolarian fluxes along the Equator in the central and western Pacific between 145°E and 160°W (Stations MT3, MT4, MT5, MT6 and MT7) were examined during January 1999 to January 2003 in order to evaluate how radiolarian assemblages respond to the El Niño Southern Oscillations (ENSO). Radiolarian fluxes were constrained by the water masses: the Western Pacific Warm Pool (WPWP) located in the west and the Equatorial Upwelling Region (EUR) east of the WPWP in the central equatorial Pacific. In general, radiolarian fluxes gradually increased from the western sites to the eastern sites, responding to the increases in nutrient supply and primary production in the euphotic layer. Notable annual cycles of radiolarian fluxes observed at the two Stations with nearly complete time series (MT3 and MT5) were likely corresponding to the rainy seasons of Papua New Guinea (MT3) and the extent of upwelling intensity in the equatorial Pacific (MT3 and MT5). With transition from La Niña to El Niño during 2001 to 2002, high radiolarian fluxes were coincident with cooler surface water. Among the radiolarian taxa, Lithomelissa sp. group and Pseudocubus obeliscus Haeckel 1887, which were mainly dwelling in the surface water in the EUR, responded distinctively to the WPWP excursion and decreased their fluxes as surface water temperature rose.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-86
Number of pages16
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2008
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Palaeontology


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