Phytoplankton (fitoplankton) is one of a microscopic water organism. You can find them in the fresh water and in marine water. They also called microscopic algae. They have important role as a producer, some small fishes and larvae (consumer tropic level 1) need phytoplankton as their food.
When I did my research at 2011 in Mayangan Estuarine, West Java (Indonesia)… I collected some kind of phytoplankton and I take their picture.
My favorite one is Diatom (Bacillariophyceae) because it has many different form. The shell of a Diatom made of silica. If you find them in the water with microscope, they look beautiful. Here is the picture :
Chaetoceros – It look like a spider right?? 🙂
Thalassiosira – Do you want necklace like this? kekekekeke 😛
Beside Diatom (Bacillariophyceae), I have found the other Class of phytoplankton (kelas fitoplankton lainnya), such as Chrysophyceae, Cyanophyceae, and Dinophyceae. I also analyze some factors that affecting their life. Some of the factors are silica, DIN (Dissolved Inorganic Nitrogen), and ortofosfat.
If you want to know more about that, you can read my undergraduate thesis (Skripsi):
“Struktur komunitas Fitoplankton di Perairan Estuari Mayangan, Jawa Barat”
at IPB’s library Bogor or you can
read this (not yet uploaded).