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The diatom flora of Lake Eyre South: a large episodically filled salt lake in South Australia


Thirty-three diatom taxa were collected from the large terminal salt lake, Lake Eyre South, located in south-central Australia. The diatom assemblage included taxa that were widely distributed in marine and saline athalassic habitats in both northern and southern hemispheres, with the diatom flora of Lake Eyre South most similar to that of southern Africa. This study represents the first report on the diatom flora of Lake Eyre South and supports the findings that episodically filled lakes do not appear to be good evolutionary loci.

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Blinn, D.W. The diatom flora of Lake Eyre South: a large episodically filled salt lake in South Australia. Hydrobiologia 210, 101–104 (1991).

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  • diatoms
  • salt lakes
  • Australia
  • Lake Eyre South
  • biogeography