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Noctiluca scintillans

Bioluminescence/Red tide present at Fossil Cliffs, Maria Island 7/11/23. Photo by Geoff Swan

Depth 20m
Noctiluca scintillans

About this species

Individually these critters are tiny and not usually visible to the naked eye. There are documented cases in Tasmania in which dense 'red tides' of Noctiluca, a type of phytoplankton, has bloomed in response to a combination of increased nutrient loads and warming waters. Read more…

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