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Summer Mid-Day-Night Composition and Abundance of Zooplankton from Lake Ikeda, Japan

Shaharudin Abdul Razak and Toshio Saisho

Pertanika Journal of Tropical Agricultural Science, Volume 25, Issue 1, April 2002

Keywords: Summer, midday, midnight, zooplankton, Protozoa, Rotifera, Cladocera, Copepoda, composition, abundance

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Variations between midday and midnight in the species composition and abundance of the main zooplankton assemblage of Lake Ikeda, a crater-lake were analyzed during the summer of 1986. The protozoans, comprising more than 70% of the whole zooplankton population were the most abundant followed by the rotifers (12%), copepods (8%) and cladocerans (7%). Except for the copepods and a few rotifers, most of the other zooplankton were evident at a slightly higher abundance at night. Total zooplankton abundance was highest during early summer but decreased gradually until the end of summer. Species composition was highest in early summer, and persisted until the middle of summer but gradually decreased with rare occurrences of some species at the end of summer, where some species were either rarely sampled or entirely absent from the samples

ISSN 1511-3701

e-ISSN 2231-8542

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