Phytoplankton of the Veli Lake, A lagoon on the south-west coast of India

T. Mathew, N.B. Nair

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Qualitative and quantitative studies were undertaken on the phytoplankton of Veli Lake, a brackish water lake, on the south-west coast of India, for a period of 12 months during 1977. The seasonal fluctuations of the main constituent groups of phytoplankton in relation to some of the environmental variables have been discussed. 53 genera of algae were recorded from the lake. The major families of phytoplankters were Cyanophyceae, Chlorophyceae and Bacillariophyceae, of which Chlorophyceae dominated over others. Three peaks of phytoplankton were discernible in January, April and July

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