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International Journal on Algae
SJR: 0.219 SNIP: 0.261 CiteScore™: 0.24

ISSN Print: 1521-9429
ISSN Online: 1940-4328

International Journal on Algae

DOI: 10.1615/InterJAlgae.v8.i2.30
pages 141-161

Species diversity of benthic algae in major lentic water bodies of the northeastern region of Turkey (Erzurum vicinity)

Ersin Kivrak
Atatürk University, K. Karabekir Education Faculty, Department of Biology Education, 25240 Erzurum; and Afyonkarahisar Kocatepe University, Faculty of Education, Department of Biology Education, 03200 Afyonkarahisar, Turkey
Hasan Gurbuz
Atatürk University, K. Karabekir Education Faculty, Department of Biology Education, 25240 Erzurum, Turkey
Zekeriya Altuner
Gaziosmanpasa University, Faculty of Arts and Science, Department of Biology, 60200 Tokat, Turkey
Ali Sulun
Atatürk University, Faculty of Education, 24030 Erzincan, Turkey

ABSTRACT

This paper presents the results of a long-term research regarding the species diversity and composition of benthic algae in major bentic water bodies of the northeastern region of Turkey. The presented data cover identified 344 taxa with their occurrence. Bacillariophyta was the most numerous group with the highest number of species (215) followed by Chlorophyta (83), Cyanophyta (28), Euglenophyta (16), and Dianophyta (2). The taxonomic composition of the benthic algal flora was analyzed. The diatom taxa that grow well in slightly alkaline waters were found to be abundant in the benthic algal community.