Inland Water Biology

, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp 50–58 | Cite as

A description of pelagic zooplankton in the large lakes of the Todzha Depression (Bolshoi Yenisey River basin, Tuva)

  • E. I. Zuikova
  • N. A. Bochkarev
Zooplankton, Zoobenthos and Zooperiphyton

Abstract

The zooplankton structure of large lakes (Noyon-Khol’, Shuram-Khol’, Borzu-Khol’, Many-Khol’, Kadysh, and Todzha) of the Todzha Depression has been studied. A comparison of the species composition, abundance, and biomass of zooplankton in the lakes was made. Rotifers have the largest species diversity: from 10 to 16 species, with Conochilus sp., Collotheca sp., Kellicottia longispina (Kellicott), and Asplanchna priodonta Gosse being the most abundant. Copepods are represented mostly by Arctodiaptomus paulseni (Sars), Eudiaptomus graciloides (Lilljeborg), Cyclops scutifer Sars, and Mesocyclops leuckarti Claus. Daphnia galeata Sars and Bosmina longispina Leydig are the dominant cladoceran species. It is shown that the zooplankton communities of the lakes in the Todzha Depression are characterized by a high degree of species composition similarity. Factors forming the taxonomic structure of pelagic zooplankton in the system of these lakes are displayed.

Keywords

Zooplankton Community Large Lake Inland Water Biology Zooplankton Species Taxonomic Structure 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. I. Zuikova
    • 1
  • N. A. Bochkarev
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Systematics and Ecology of AnimalsSiberian Branch of the Russian Academy of SciencesNovosibirskRussia

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