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Ciliated protozoa in Lake Nakuru, a shallow alkaline-saline lake in Kenya: Seasonal variation, potential production and role in the food web

Yasindi, A. W.; Lynn, D. H.; Taylor, W. D.

Archiv für Hydrobiologie - Hauptbände Volume 154 Number 2 (2002), p. 311 - 325

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published: May 29, 2002

DOI: 10.1127/archiv-hydrobiol/154/2002/311

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Six sampling sites in Lake Nakuru were sampled monthly for 8 months spanning rainy and dry seasons, and including an interval when Spirulina-dominated the phytoplankton community. A total of 33 species in 29 genera were observed. Small bacterivorous ciliates, especially Cyclidium, were numerically dominant, but the greatest biomass was due to the large ciliate Condylostoma. Abundance ranged from 10.4 to 14,200 ciliates • mL-1 (mean ± SE = 1,150 ± 309 ciliates • mL-1) while biomass ranged from 0.017 to 500 mg C • L-1 (mean 18.2 ± 10.8 mg C • L


saline lakeSpirulinaciliate productionciliate communitymicrobial food web