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Hydrobiological Journal
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ISSN Print: 0018-8166
ISSN Online: 1943-5991

Hydrobiological Journal

DOI: 10.1615/HydrobJ.v48.i1.40
pages 28-34

Diatom Fouling of the Little Picked Whales in the Antarctic Waters

V. P. Gerasimiuk
Physical-Chemical Institute for Environment and Human Protection of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine and NAS of Ukraine, 3 Preobrazhenskaya Str., Odessa 65082, Ukraine; Department of Botany, Odessa I.I. Mechnikov National University, 2 Dvorianskaya Str., Odessa 65026, Ukraine
V. L. Zinchenko
Odessa National University, Odessa, Ukraine


The diatom fouling of the Minke whales (little picked whales) in Antarctica have been studied. It was established that the dominant species was Bennettella ceticola (Nelson ex Bennett) Hîlmes, accompanied by Grammatophora marina (Lyngb.) Kütz., Fragilariopsis kerguelensis (O'Meara) Hust. and Nitzschia media Hant. The quantitative characteristics (numbers and biomass) of the diatom films on the whales' skin were determined.

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