SPATIAL AND TEMPORAL DISTRIBUTION OF PLANKTON COMMUNITIES IN LIANGA BAY

Gemma A. Asufre, Roxan G. Eupeña

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The study on the spatial and temporal distribution of plankton was conducted in Lianga Bay. Water was collected on a monthly basis for 12 months from February 2009 to January 2010 in four established sampling stations. Data on the physico -chemical parameters of the water were also collected to determine the fluctuation of temperature, dissolved oxygen, total suspended solids, water transparency, pH, water movement, bottom depth, salinity, ammonia nitrogen, nitrate; and phosphorous in four sampling stations and in 12 months sampling periods. Results of the study revealed a total of 245 phytoplankton taxa dominated by 42 genera of Chaetoceros and 22 genera of Ceratium were recorded during the month of February 2009 to January 2010. The abundance of phytoplankton was significantly different in sampling months but no significant difference between stations. For the zooplankton, there were 102 species of zooplankton with 35 species of copepods noted in all stations and sampling periods dominated by Calanus glacialis in all stations and sampling months. The significant difference on the abundance of the zooplankton species was only observed between months but not between sampling stations.

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plankton, spatial, temporal distribution, copepods

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