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Zooplankton Diversity and Physico-Chemical Conditions of a Temple Pond in Birpur (J&K, India)

Author Affiliations

  • 1 Department of Zoology, University of Jammu, Baba Sahib Ambedkar road, Jammu, J&K-180006, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Environment Sci., Volume 2, Issue (5), Pages 25-30, May,22 (2013)


Zooplankton diversity and physico-chemical parameters of a temple pond, “Datte da Talab”were studied for aperiod of one year from May 2011 to April 2012. During the present study period, a total of 25 species of zooplankton were recorded out of which rotifera was represented by 12 species, copepoda by 5 species, whereas cladocera and protozoa each represented by 4 species. Rotifera showed its presence throughout the study period and the recorded data clearly showed well-marked seasonal fluctuations in their population with a fall during winter and rise during summer. Zooplankton community when correlated with physico-chemical parameters indicated that the distribution and density of zooplankton species was influenced by physical and chemical factors of the pond environment. The various kinds of indices such as Margalef’s index, Menhinck’s index, Simpson index, Shannon- Wiener index and Equitability index were used to support the data.


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