Cyanobacteria in microbial mats of Antarctic lakes (East Antarctica) A microscopical approach
Taton, Arnaud; Hoffmann, Lucien; Wilmotte, Annick
The cyanobacterial diversity in microbial mats of 56 lakes located in the Larsemann Hills and Bølingen Islands (East Antarctica) was studied by light microscopy. Thirty taxa belonging to 13 genera of Chroococcales, Oscillatoriales and Nostocales were described. Photomicrographs of the different taxa are provided and their taxonomical assignment as well as their ecology and distribution are discussed. In addition, a semi-quantitative estimation of the abundance of the different morphotypes in the samples was realized and correlated with the mat physiognomy.