publication . Article . 2003

Algal composition and abundance in the neuston surface micro layer from a lake and pond in Virginia (U.S.A.)

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  • Published: 01 Aug 2003 Journal: Journal of Limnology (issn: 1129-5767, eissn: 1723-8633, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: PAGEPress Publications
A comparative study was conducted that characterized the algae within the neuston, ca 2 mm below the surface, and the algae in the water column from two freshwater habitats. There were significant differences in total algal abundance and the abundance of diatoms, cyanoprokaryotes, and chlorophytes between the neuston and water column algae of these two regions during each season and at both sites. The pond neuston was dominated by chlorophytes, with total algal abundance ranging seasonally from 0.6 to 59.6 × 10-3 cells ml-1 compared to water column algal concentrations of 4.1 to 40.4 × 10-3 cells ml-1. The lake was dystrophic, with diatoms the most common and ab...
free text keywords: neuston, freshwater, algae, phytoplankton, Geography. Anthropology. Recreation, G, Physical geography, GB3-5030, Environmental sciences, GE1-350, Ecology, Aquatic Science, Water Science and Technology
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