Ann. Limnol. - Int. J. Lim.
Volume 51, Number 4, 2015
|Page(s)||315 - 322|
|Published online||17 December 2015|
Diversity and distribution of Cladocera (Crustacea: Branchiopoda) in the rock pools of Western Ghats, Maharashtra, India
1 Wildlife Information Liaison Development Society, Coimbatore-641035, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Biology, College of Science, P.O. Box 36, Sultan Qaboos University, Al Khod, PC 123, Sultanate of Oman
* Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Received: 24 March 2015
Accepted: 16 September 2015
Species diversity and distribution of Cladocera in the freshwater rock pools of the northern Western Ghats have been reported. Fifty-nine samples collected from 12 different localities contained 22 species belonging to five families. Chydoridae was the most species rich family with 12 species followed by Daphniidae with five species. Species of the genus Alona were relatively rare, but two other alonines, Leydigia (N.) ciliata and Karualona cf. karua were commonly observed. Congeneric species never co-occurred in the same pool. Distributional maps and taxonomic comments are presented for the commonly observed species. Jaccard's similarity index (CJ) comparing localities showed overall similarity.
Key words: Temporary habitats / Daphnia / Alona / Jaccard's index
© EDP Sciences, 2015
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