Distribution and faunal associations of benthic invertebrates at Lake Turkana, Kenya

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Abstract

The benthic environment and fauna of Lake Turkana were studied during 1978-1979 to determine distribution patterns and associations of benthic invertebrates. Lake Turkana is a large, closed-basin, alkaline lake, located in northern Kenya. Detailed environmental information is currently only available for substrate variations throughout Lake Turkana. Water chemistry and other data are currently inadequate to evaluate their effects on the distribution of Lake Turkana benthic invertebrates. Three weak faunal-substrate associations were discovered at Turkana. A littoral, soft bottom association (large standing crop) is dominated by the corixid Micronecta sp. and the ostracod Hemicypris kliei. A littoral, rocky bottom association, also with a large standing crop, is dominated by various gastropods and insects. A profundal, muddy bottom association, with a very small standing crop, is dominated by the ostracods Hemicypris intermedia and Sclerocypris cf. clavularis and several gastropod and chironomid species.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)179-197
Number of pages19
JournalHydrobiologia
Volume141
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1986

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Keywords

  • Africa
  • benthic
  • invertebrates
  • Lake Turkana
  • ostracods

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  • Water Science and Technology
  • Pollution
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Oceanography
  • Aquatic Science

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Distribution and faunal associations of benthic invertebrates at Lake Turkana, Kenya. / Cohen, Andrew.

In: Hydrobiologia, Vol. 141, No. 3, 10.1986, p. 179-197.

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