Inland Water Biology

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Heterotrophic flagellate biodiversity and community structure in freshwater streams

  • D. V. Tikhonenkov
  • Yu. A. Mazei
Zooplankton, Zoobenthos and Zooperiphyton


The species diversity and community structure of heterotrophic flagellates in watercourses from different geographical regions were investigated. Forty-one species have been identified. The species diversity of cercomonads, kinetoplastids, choanoflagellates, and flagellates is the highest. Bodo saltans, B. designis and Goniomonas truncata are the most common species. Planktonic communities in different streams are most similar in terms of species composition. The highest similarity within benthic cenoses was noted between geographically distant communities. Communities of heterotrophic flagellates seem to be highly heterogenous systems; species distribution depends mainly on the type of habitat and not on geographical factors.


Inland Water Biology Distant Community Heterotrophic Flagellate Yamal Peninsula Yaroslavl Oblast 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Biology of Inland WatersRussian Academy of SciencesBorok, Yaroslavl oblastRussia
  2. 2.Penza Belinsky State Pedagogical UniversityPenzaRussia

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