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        Abstract - Issue Nov 2017, 38 (6)                                                                                                             Back

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Annual phytoplankton dynamics in La Antigua River, Mexico


M.L. Gaytán-Herrera1, E. Cuna-Pérez2 and P. Ramírez-García1*

1Research and Postgraduate Division, UNAM, FES-Iztacala, Av. de los Barrios No. 1, 54090 Tlalnepantla, Estado de México, México

2PILT Project, Paleolimnology Laboratory, UNAM, FES-Iztacala, Av. de los Barrios No. 1, 54090 Tlalnepantla, Estado de México, México

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Key words


La Antigua River


Tropical rivers




Publication Data

Paper received : 20.07.2016

Revised received : 21.04.2017

Re-revised received : 19.05.2017

Accepted : 06.06.2017



Aim: To contribute to the knowledge of rivers in Mexico, we studied the phytoplankton abundance and diversity over a year in La Antigua River, east Mexico.


Methodology: Monthly sampling was performed for one year (March 2013 to February 2014), at 5 stations. Physicochemical parameters and chlorophyll-a were analyzed. A diagram of Holston-Tukey was performed to identify the dominant, constant, temporary and rare species Detrended Correspondence Analysis was applied to find possible links between species and environmental variables. Shannon-Wiener index was calculated.


Results: Mean water temperature was 26°C and depth was 1.7 m, dissolved oxygen was 8.9 mg l-1, pH was 7.8, turbidity value was 10.6 NTU, conductivity was 488 µS cm-1, SRP and nitrate were 2.6 µg l-1 PO4-3-P and 0.6 mg l-1 NO3-N, chlorophyll-a was 5 µg l-1. About 200 taxa of microalgae were recorded. Diatoms were dominated. Chlorophyceae were rich in species. Cyanoprokaryota ranked third in species richness, Euglenophyceae, Dinophyceae, Cryptophyceae and Crysophyceae had a lower richness.  


Interpretation: Stations 2 and 3 had the highest contamination by wastewater discharges of the population of La Antigua. Stations 4 and 5 were separated due to increases in salinity. These stations are the closest to the sea. Station 1 is likely to be cleaner and less salty.



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