Qualitative and quantitative structure, diversity and fluctuations in abundance of zooplankton in Lake Xolotlán (Managua)

Research paper by R. Cisneros, E. I. Mangas, M. Van Maren

Indexed on: 01 Jun '91Published on: 01 Jun '91Published in: Aquatic Ecology


The qualitative and quantitative structure of the zooplankton community was studied in 11 localities of Lake Xolotlan (Managua). Twelve rotifers, 4 cladoceran and 5 copepods species were identified. Community diversity (Shannon-Wienerindex) is low,viz. 0,83–2.20. At all times, copepods were the most abundant group. Rotifer densities were higher in zones influenced by rivers and organic pollution. Cladocerans were permanently present in low densities. Climatic events (rainfalls and dry periods) determined population fluctuations of the main zooplankton groups.