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Correlation Study on Zooplankton availability and Physico-Chemical Parameters of Kangsabati Reservoir, West Bengal, India

Author Affiliations

  • 1Aquaculture Research Unit, Department of Zoology, Vidyasagar University, Midnapore – 721102, West Bengal, INDIA
  • 2 Department of Fisheries, Government of West Bengal, Meen Bhavan, Sepoy Bazar, Midnapore 721101, West Bengal, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Environment Sci., Volume 3, Issue (12), Pages 28-32, December,22 (2014)


Zooplankton play a crucial role in aquatic ecosystem and a number of water parameters involved in it. The present investigation had been continued for a period of one year from March, 2010 to February, 2011 – to assess the correlation between physico - chemical parameters of water and zooplankton availability in Kangsabati Reservoir, Mukutmanipur, West Bengal. Among the zooplankton population four major groups viz. Rotifera, Copepoda, Cladocera, Protozoa and two minor groups viz. Ostracoda and Amphipoda were observed. 33 species of Rotifera, 16 species of Copepoda, 22 species of Cladocera, 4 species of Protozoa, 2 species of Ostracoda and 1 species of Amphipoda were identified. The zooplankton population showed strong correlation with the parameters like water temperature, dissolved oxygen, alkalinity, phosphate, total inorganic nitrogen, free CO etc. Available species were Asplanchna reticulata, Synchaeta oblonga, Anareopsis fissa, Keratella valga tropica under rotifera ; Nauplii, Microcyclops varicans, Paracyclops fimbriatus under copepoda ; Ceriodaphnia cornuta, Daphnia ambigua, Bosmina longirostris etc under cladocera ; Amoeba proteus and Difflugia sp. under protozoa ; Cyprinotus sp. under ostracoda and Hyperia macrocephala under amphipoda. Zooplankton population was high in winter season while low in rainy season.


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