Phytoplankton diversity at some selected sites of the Gulf of Kachchh, Gujarat, India

  • Bignesh Thakur
  • Chetan Chavda
  • Harshad Salvi

Abstract

Phytoplanktons are the essential biological component
of aquatic ecosystem. Diversity of phytoplankton
life is used as a measure of productivity of marine
ecosystem. Phytoplanktons were estimated qualitatively
with reference to their diversity in the Gulf of
Kachchh at three sites west coast of India (Poshitra,
Narara and Pirotan), for winter season of year 2011-
2012. For phytoplankton study, samples were collected
through plankton net (20 micron) from November
to February on monthly basis. Phytoplankton samples
were preserved with Formaldehyde (4%) for further
taxonomical identification under Trinocular light
microscope. 78 number of phytoplankton species were
recorded during the study period. Four divisions of
phytoplankton (78 species) were identified; Bacillariophyta
(72 species), Dinophyta (3 species), Cyanophyta
(2 species) and Chlorophyta (1 species). The dominant
family of phytoplankton was Bacillariophyceae
followed by members of Dinophyceae> Cyanophyta>
Chlorophyta.

Published
2015-12-15
How to Cite
THAKUR, Bignesh; CHAVDA, Chetan; SALVI, Harshad. Phytoplankton diversity at some selected sites of the Gulf of Kachchh, Gujarat, India. Bulletin of Environmental and Scientific Research, [S.l.], v. 4, n. 4, p. 7-12, dec. 2015. ISSN 2278-5205. Available at: <http://besr.org.in/index.php/besr/article/view/58>. Date accessed: 17 sep. 2019.
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