PARODI Elisa Rosalia
Abundance and species composition of the planktonic Ciliates from wastewater discharge zone in the Bahía Blanca estuary, Argentina.
BARRÍA DE CAO; PETTIGROSSO, R.E.; PARODI, E.R; FREIJE, R.H.
IHERINGIA. SÃ©RIE ZOOLOGIA
Fundacao Zoobotanica do Rio Grande
Lugar: Rio de Janeiro, Brasil; Año: 2002 vol. 93 p. 229 - 236
The specific composition and abundance variation of the ciliate community from a wastewater discharge zone in the Bahía Blanca estuary, Argentina, were studied all throughout a year, from June 1995 to May 1996. The polluted area exhibited high values of particulate organic matter and nutrients, particularly phosphates. Aloricate ciliates were represented by 15 species belonging to the genera Strombidium Claparède & Lachmann, 1859; Strombidinopsis Kent, 1881; Cyrtostrombidium Lynn & Gilron, 1993; Strobilidium Schewiakoff, 1983; Lohmmanniella Leegaard, 1915 and Tontonia Fauré-Fremiet, 1914. Tintinnids were represented by nine species belonging to the genera Tintinnidium Kent, 1881, Tintinnopsis Stein, 1867 and Codonellopsis Jörgensen, 1924. The total abundance of aloricate ciliates reached a peak of 1,800 ind. l-1 and the total abundance of tintinnids reached a peak of 9,400 ind. l-1. Tintinnidium balechi Barría de Cao, 1981 was the most abundant ciliate in the community. Considerations on the presence and abundance of ciliates are made in relation to physicochemical and biochemical parameters.