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Zooplankton composition of Van Lake Coastline in Turkey

Sükran Yildiz, Mehmet Salih Özgökçe, Fevzi Özgökçe, Ismail Karaca, Evin Polat


This study was completed with periodical surveys in coastal band of Van Lake between May and September in  2005 to 2006 period. It was carried out on a total of 20 sites selected as sampling points and having three  distinct characteristics. During the study, a total of 20 species (14 belonged to genus of Rotifera, 4 to  Copepoda and 2 Branchiopoda) were found at the Van Lake coastal zone. Genera Notholca squamula, Keratella  quadrata, Colurella colurus, Lecane ohiensis, Lecane grandis and Lecane lamellata have been detected for the first time at the Van Lake coastal zone.

Key words: Zooplankton, Rotifera, Branchiopoda, Copepoda, Van Lake, Turkey.
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