Polar Biology

, Volume 17, Issue 2, pp 25–30

Benthic algal mats of some lakes of Inexpressible Island (northern Victoria Land, Antarctica)

  • B. Fumanti
  • Paolo Cavacini
  • Silvia Alfinito
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s003000050101

Cite this article as:
Fumanti, B., Cavacini, P. & Alfinito, S. Polar Biol (1997) 17: 25. doi:10.1007/s003000050101

Abstract

Benthic algal mats from four lakes located on Inexpressible Island (northern Victoria Land, Antarctica) were studied, analysing their structure and floristic composition. Thirty taxa of algae were identified: 11 Cyanophyta, 15 Bacillariophyta and 4 Chlorophyta. The lake mats contained from 15 (lake C) to 26 species (lake D). The number of diatom frustules in the mats varied from 771×103 (lake C) to 9428×103 frustules g-1 (lake B). In terms of floristic composition and macromorphology, these mats were observed to be very similar to moat mats described from Lake Gondwana (northern Victoria Land) and the Dry Valleys lakes of southern Victoria Land.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. Fumanti
    • 1
  • Paolo Cavacini
    • 1
  • Silvia Alfinito
    • 1
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Biologia Vegetale, Università di Roma “La Sapienza”, I-00100 Roma, ItalyItaly