Local screening for Algal diversity in relation to water quality of district Swabi: future prospects

Algal diversity

Nawaz Jang, Syed Zahir Shah, Samin Jan, Ahmad Junaid, Khalid Khan, Fida Hussain

Key words: Diversity, Unicellular algae, Filamentous Algae, Physico-chemical characteristics.


Algal diversity determined the quality of water bodies for a particular area. District Swabi, the main drainage basin of River Indus is widely known for its fertile land, intact wetland and for its biological resources. The present study is an outcome of an effort to record species diversity and comparative analysis of unicellular & filamentous algae from the valley. Sum of 22 genera with 35 species of unicellular & filamentous algae recollected and identified from different localities of district Swabi. The most frequent genus in term of Genus was Chaetophora with 3 species (8.57 %). Other frequent genera were Stegeoclonium 3 species (8.57 %), Apanochaete 3 species (8.57%), Ulothrix 2 species (5.71%) and Mugeotia 2 species (5.71%). The genera Ankistrodesmus and Oocystis were represented by 4 species each (5.71%), Spirogyra and Cladophora 2 species each (5.71%) and Zygonium single species (2.58%). The diversity among algal species in the present area showed that further extensive work is needed regarding algae and the characteristics of their habitats.

Read Full Article: Volume 5, Number 3, September 2014 – JBES

Publish on: Journal of Biodiversity and Environmental Sciences (JBES)


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