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[MIS19-19] Seasonal changes in Li/Ca ratio and inferred phytoplankton abundance as analyzed by daily growth increments of Pecten albicans (Bivalvia)
Keywords:Li/Ca, Pecten albicans, daily growth increment, seasonal change, plankton bloom
As a result, the analyzed specimen displayed overall higher rate of shell growth from spring to summer, while shell growth slowed down in fall and winter in 2010. A white band (annual ring) on the generally brown left valve corresponds to the lower rate interval of shell growth. However, another lower shell growth interval is recognized between spring (ca. 50 days) and late summer (ca. 20 days). This corresponds to the lower water temperature interval in late June and early July at 100 m depth in Tosa Bay, which is interpreted as representing upwelling associated with anticlockwise rotational current in Tosa Bay when the Kuroshio current became close to the shore.
These microgrowth patterns of the shell of Pecten albicans displayed a close similarity to the Li/Ca profile. Li enrichment in scallop shells is considered to have originated from the frustules of edible species in the digestive tract of scallops, and Li/Ca ratio of P. maximus in a bay in France was proposed as a proxy of timing and magnitude of diatom bloom (Thébault and Chauvaud, 2013). Our study confirms the validity of Li/Ca in scallop shells as a proxy of diatom bloom for different scallop species in a distant biogeographic province.
This study was performed under the cooperative research program of Center for Advanced Marine Core Research (CMCR), Kochi University Accept No.18B060 .