Animal Biodiversity and Conservation. Volume 37.1 (2014) Pages: 13-21

Plankton composition and environmental parameters in the habitat of the Iranian cave barb (Iranocypris typhlops) in Iran

Farashi, A., Kaboli, M., Reza Rezaei, H., Reza Naghavi, M., Rahimian, H.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.32800/abc.2014.37.0013

Abstract

The Iranian cave barb (Iranocypris typhlops Bruun & Kaiser, 1944) is ‘Vulnerable’ in the IUCN Red List. It is an endemic species of ray–finned fish of the family Cyprinidae from a single locality in the Zagros Mountains, western Iran. This species is an omnivore that depends on plankton for food. We studied the spatial and seasonal distribution of plankton in the native habitat of the Iranian cave barb between May 2012 and February 2013. We measured various environmental parameters and related these to plankton distribution. The plankton assemblage included 13 genera and five species. Rotifera had the highest number of genera (4) and species (4), followed by Arthropoda (3), Ochrophyta (3), Myzozoa (2), Charophyta (2), Chlorophyta (2), Ciliophora (1) and Cryptophyta (1). In terms of numbers, the dominant species of phytoplankton and zooplankton were Achnanthidium sp. and Lecane sp. Pearson correlation coefficients showed a low but significant relationship between plankton communities and environmental parameters. Among the environmental parameters, total suspended solids and turbidity seemed to have the most important influence on the temporal distribution of plankton species. We also observed that dissolved oxygen played an important role for most plankton species, as did temperature for most zooplankton species. The diversity and abundance of phytoplankton and zooplankton were low throughout the year in the cave with an annual mean of 96.4 ind./l and they did not show any peaks during the year.

Keywords

Iranian cave barb, Endemic, Habitat, Phytoplankton, Zooplankton

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Farashi, A., Kaboli, M., Reza Rezaei, H., Reza Naghavi, M., Rahimian, H., 2014. Plankton composition and environmental parameters in the habitat of the Iranian cave barb (Iranocypris typhlops) in Iran. Animal Biodiversity and Conservation, 37: 13-21, DOI: https://doi.org/10.32800/abc.2014.37.0013

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Reception date:

04/11/2013

Acceptation date:

21/02/2014

Publication date:

20/06/2014

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