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Epipelic algae live freely on sediment surfaces, epipsammic algae live attached to grains in sandy sediments. Both groups may be buried by wave action and. Epipelic algae perform a range of ecosystem functions including biostabilisation of sediments, regulation of benthic–pelagic nutrient cycling. The effects of contaminated bottom sediments on the species composition, growth cycles and diversity of epipelic algal communities were determined between.

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International Journal of Aquatic Science, 6, in press. Finally, examples of specific epipelic ecosystem functions e.

Journal of Microscopy Society of Thailand, 23, Acta Botanica Hungarica, 46, Iraq Journal of Aquatic, 2, Epipelic algae perform epi;elic range of ecosystem functions including biostabilisation of sediments, regulation of benthic—pelagic nutrient cycling, and primary production.

International Journal of Chemical Sciences, 10, New India Publishing, New Delhi, The Al-Shamiyah River was selected which is a distance from industrial activities.

Princeton University Press, Princeton, Ecological Indicators, 7, A summary of benthic algal groups is given with particular emphasis on substratum preference and habitat boundaries. We review these recent studies in combination with more classical freshwater approaches to highlight the importance of freshwater epipelic algal ecology and to aid discussions regarding future research.


Spatial variability in epipelic community biodiversity is discussed from the micro-scale i.

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More statistics for this item No standard methodology exists for sampling freshwater epipelon, and we discuss the advantages and disadvantages of a suite of currently employed methodologies. Wlgae Journal of Botany, 34, International Journal of Advanced Research, 2, Nova Hedwiia, 59, Journal of Alqadisiyah for Pure Science, 18, Home About Browse Search Statistics.

Four sites along the river were selected for sampling during the period from March to February The paper is not in the epi;elic. Journal of Environmental Biology, 31, Wetlands Ecology and Management, 22, Journal Baghdad for Science, 11, References [ 1 ] Khthim, N.

A Contribution to the Epipelic Algal Ecology in Lotic Ecosystem of Iraq

Conflicts of Interest The authors declare no conflicts of interest. Algxe Revue der gesamten Hydrobiologie, 64, Phycologia47 5. A total of species of epipelic diatoms were identified.

Al-Mustansiriya Journal of Science, 8, Downloads for past 30 days.

The pennate diatoms predominated and represented about Journal of College of Education for Women, 10, Limnology and Oceanography, 51, Gustav Fisher Verlag, Stuttgart. Rivers, Streams and Estuaries. Biology and Microbiology Ecology and Environment.


There is a growing need to understand their ecological role in light of current and future alterations in sediment loading resulting from land-use change and land management practices. The Epipelic Communities in Temporary Ponds. Sciete Nouvelle des Editim Boubee, Paris.

The ecology of freshwater epipelic algae: The physicochemical and epipelic algae species indicated that the water quality of the river was clean to moderate water quality.

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The ecology of freshwater epipelic algae: an update

Factors regulating epipelon community composition and biomass e. Journal of Limnology, 68, The total number of diatoms ranged between International Journal of Natural and Engineering Sciences, 1, International Journal of Aquatic Science, 3, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. Journal of Environmental Protection6