Vertical distribution of phytoplankton in Habbaniya lake , Iraq

Abstract

The study includes the distribution of phytoplankton in water column of Habbaniya lake during 1996 and 1997 . A total of 116 taxa of phytoplankton were identified. The diatoms were the dominated by 70 taxa represented 60.3% of the total identified species . Followed by green algae (chlorophyta) of 30 taxa 25.8% , and then blue-green algae (cyanophyta) of 12 taxa 10.3% . Little increasing of cells count was recorded at 10 meter depth and without regular seasonal variation .Few species were dominated during the most studied period such as Aulacosiera granulate , Cyclotella ocellata , Navicula cryptocephala and Nitzschia palea .