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 ISSN 2320-7817
eISSN:2320-964X
 Type - Quarterly 

Original Article

   Year 2013 |  Vol. 1 | Issue 1 | Page Nos. 32-36

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Rotifer diversity of Malhara pond of Bhadrawati, Dist-Chandrapur  (M.S.), India.


Harney N.V.1* A.A. Dhamani and R.J. Andrew3


1 Dept. of Zoology, Nilkanthrao Shinde Science and Arts College, Bhadrawati, Chandrapur-442902.
2 P.G. Dept. of Zoology, N.H. College, Bramhapuri, Distt. Chandrapur-441206.
3 P.G. Dept. of Zoology, Hislop College, Nagpur-440001.


 

*Corresponding Author :Dr. Narendra Harney, Dept. of Zoology, Nilkanthrao Shinde Science and Arts College, Bhadrawati, Chandrapur-442902.

Email: narendra_harney2008@rediffmail.com

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Rotifers, the group of microscopic soft bodied freshwater invertebrates form an important connecting link between primary producers and consumers of higher orders in an aquatic food web. The present paper describes the biodiversity of Rotifera fauna of Malhara pond, located near the Bhadrawati town of Chandrapur district. Qualitative and quantitative analysis of rotifer community was undertaken on monthly basis from October 2005 to September 2007. A total of 24 rotifer species belonging to 15 genera were identified during the period of Oct. 2005 to Sep. 2006, while a total of 22 rotifer species belonging to 15 genera were identified from Oct. 2006 to
Sep 2007. The genus Brachionus were recorded as the most diversified genera being represented by seven species. The present study demonstrated that rotifers reaches the peak in density and diversity during summer and decreases during the monsoon season. The seasonal fluctuation of this group is discussed in the light of recent literature.

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