Brazilian Journal of Botany
versión impresa ISSN 0100-8404
CHIA, Mathias Ahii; BAKO, Sunday Paul; ALONGE, Samson O y ADAMU, Abu Kasim. Green algal interactions with physicochemical parameters of some manmade ponds in Zaria, northern Nigeria. Rev. bras. Bot. [online]. 2011, vol.34, n.3, pp. 285-295. ISSN 0100-8404. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0100-84042011000300004.
Green algal species and their association with physicochemical parameters in some manmade ponds in Zaria, Nigeria were studied from November 2005 to August 2006. Phytoplankton and water samples were collected, preserved and analyzed using standard methods. A total of 27 green algal species divided into 16 families were recorded. Shannon diversity indices ranged from 1.75 to 2.39 in all ponds, dominance index from 0.14 to 0.23 and species evenness 0.56 to 0.64. Closterium sp. and Rhizoclonium hookeri Kuetz. were positively associated with the concentration of Fe, however they were negatively correlated (sensitive) to alkalinity, total dissolved solids and electrical conductivity. Stichococcus bacillaris Naegeli, Staurastrum rotula Nordst. and Sphaeroplea sp. had significant positive relationship with biochemical oxygen demand (BOD), Mn, and Mo levels in the water. Pseudouvella americana (Snow) Wille. and Scenedesmus quadricauda (Turp.) de Bréb. showed a close positive association with alkalinity but were sensitive to Fe, BOD, Mn and Mo. The species reported here showed closed association with physicochemical factors in these ponds.
Palabras llave : Chlorophyta; diversity; ecology; lenthic water bodies; trace metals.