Species composition of aerophytic algae from selected localities in Slovenia indicates dynamic changes in a community

Authors

  • Aleksandra Krivograd Klemenčič Inštitut za celulozo in papir, Bogišičeva 8, SI-1000 Ljubljana
  • Damjan Balabanič Inštitut za celulozo in papir, Bogišičeva 8, SI-1000 Ljubljana

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14720/ns.10.2.5-23

Keywords:

algae, aerophytic habitats, caves, Picea abies stump, limestone rocks

Abstract

In the years 2005 and 2006, algal samples were collected seasonally at five different aerophytic sampling sites. We compared samples from decayed wood stump, limestone rocks, concrete and soil. The samples were collected from a stump of Picea abies on the Jelovica plateau, damp rocks at Šica spring on Radensko polje, karst cave Huda luknja entrance and at the abandoned railway tunnel near Huda luknja cave. Altogether, 17 algal samples were collected. 94 algal taxa from 38 genera and four classes were determined. Most of them belonged to diatoms, followed by cianobacteria, Chlorophyceae and Xanthophyceae. Bacillariophyceae were the predominant group of algae on wet rocks at Šica spring, karst cave Huda luknja entrance and on the abandoned railway tunnel, while the Chloprophyceae were predominant on a stump of Picea abies on the Jelovica plateau. At other localities, Bacillariophyceae prevailed. Altogether, 20 taxa were identified for the first time in Slovenia. The genera Podohedra and Poloidion are new records for Slovenia. The algal community was also influenced by the type of substrate colonized by aerophytic algae.

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Published

30.12.2008

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How to Cite

Krivograd Klemenčič, A., & Balabanič, D. (2008). Species composition of aerophytic algae from selected localities in Slovenia indicates dynamic changes in a community . Natura Sloveniae, 10(2), 5-23. https://doi.org/10.14720/ns.10.2.5-23

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