Distribution of Benthic Diatoms in Tidal Flats of Hampyeong Bay, Korea

함평만 갯벌의 저서규조류 분포 특성

  • Lee, Hak-Young (Department of Biological Science, Chonnam National University) ;
  • Jung, Myoung-Hwa (Department of Biological Science, Chonnam National University)
  • 이학영 (전남대학교 자연과학대학 생물학과) ;
  • 정명화 (전남대학교 자연과학대학 생물학과)
  • Received : 2010.12.16
  • Accepted : 2011.01.12
  • Published : 2011.02.28


The distributional pattern of benthic diatoms in tidal flats of Hampyeong Bay, Korea, was studied from January to October in 2009. As benthic diatoms of Hampyeong Bay tidal flats, 45 species were identified, and the most dominant species was Paralia sulcata. The most diverse flora was observed at Gaip and Songseok sites in April with 22 species, and the least at Hyeonhwa site in January. The ranges of chlorophyll-a concentration in tidal flats were 21.2~31.8 mg$m^{-2}$ at Hyeonhwa site, 23.6~35.4 mg $m^{-2}$ at Gaip site, and 24.2~34.3 mg $m^{-2}$ at Songseok site. The concentrations of pheopigment ranged between 25.3 and 45.2 mg$m^{-2}$. The standing crops of benthic diatoms showed highest density in April and lowest in January, February, and October. The cell volumes of benthic diatoms were highest in April. The taxa and biomass of benthic diatoms showed correlations with temperature. On temperature variables, the benthic diatoms showed optimal occurrences at the range of $14{\sim}17^{\circ}C$.


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