International Journal of Salt Lake Research

, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp 253–260 | Cite as

Chlorophylla of size-fractionated phytoplankton at a temporary hypersaline lake

  • F. Guerrero
  • M. C. Castro


The size-fractionated distribution of chlorophylla was studied in a temporary hypersaline lake situated in the south of Spain during an annual hydrological cycle characterized by low levels of rainfall. The contribution of each size class to the total chlorophylla concentration indicates that ultraplankton (size class <5μm) was the most important fraction of phytoplankton biomass during this year.

Key words

saline lakes chlorophyll size-fractions phytoplankton shallow lakes 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Guerrero
    • 1
  • M. C. Castro
    • 1
  1. 1.Departamento de Biología AnimalVegetal y Ecología, Facultad de Ciencias ExperimentalesJaénSpain

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