Checklist of Rotifers of Ashti Lake, District Solapur (M.S.)

A.L. Shaikh, P.S. Salunkhe, K.R. Rao


Zooplanktons occupy the central position in the aquatic food chain. The rotifers are among the major groups of zooplankton. They are numerically dominant representatives of the zooplankton. They are the indicators of health of ecosystem and indicate the amount of eutrophication. The study of rotifers gains certain importance in the aquatic studies as those are the good bioindicators. During present investigation, the water of Ashti Lake was collected and analyzed monthly from July 2012 to June 2013. Total 17 species of rotifers belonging to 11 genera, 5 families and 2 orders were observed. Family Brachionidae was found to be dominant among the rotifers. The dominance of rotifers among the zooplankton represents the eutrophic nature of the water. The results are discussed with recent literature.


Zooplankton, Rotifers, Brachionidae, Ashti Lake

Full Text:



APHA (2012).Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Waste Water.22nd Ed. American Public Health Association, American Water Works Association and Water Environment Federation, Washington D.C.pp. 1-1 to 10-175.

Edmondson, W.T. (1918). “Freshwater Biology” 2nd Ed. John Wiley and Sons, Inc. New York.

Farshad, H. and G.V. Venkataramana (2012).Impact of Physico-chemical Parameters of Water on Zooplankton Diversity in Nanjangud Industrial Area, India. Int. Res. J. Environ. Sci. 1(4): 37-42.

Gannon, J. E. and R. S. Stemberger (1978).Zooplankton (especially crustaceans and rotifers) as indicators of water quality. Trans. Amer. Micros. Soc. 97:16-35.

Ghantaloo, U.S., J.P. Sarwade, A.F. Gaikwad and S.M. Kamble (2011).Study of Zooplankton Diversity of Nira Left Bank Canal Sharadnagar Tal.Baramati Dist. Pune with reference to Physico-chemical Parameters. Recent Res. in Sci. and Tech.3(3): 125-128.

Joshi, P.S. (2011).Studies on Zooplanktons of Rajura Lake of Buldhana District, Maharashtra, India.Sci. Res. Reporter 1(3): 132-137.

Karuthapandi, M., D.V. Rao, B.X. Innocent and J. Deepa (2013).Zooplankton Diversity and Trophic Status of Safilguda Tank, Hyderabad. Int. J. Adv. Life Sci. 6(1): 44-50.

Kaya, M., D. Fontaneto, H.Segers and A. Altindag (2010).Temperature and Salinity as Interacting Drivers of Species Richness of Planktonic Rotifers in Turkish Continental Waters. J. Limnol. 69(2): 297-304.

Raut, N.S. and M. Pejaver (2005).New Record of Rotifers from Thane Lakes (Maharashtra). J. Aqua. Biol. 20(1): 9-14.

Sampio, E.V., O. Rocha, T. Matsumura-Tundisi and J.G. Tundisi (2002). Composition and Abundance of Zooplankton in the Limnetic Zone of Seven Reservoirs of the Paranapanema River, Brazil. Braz. J. Biol. 62(3): 525-545.

Segers, H., S. Chukwuemekanim, Nwadiaro and H.J. Dumont (1993).Rotifera of Some Lakes in the Floodplain of the River Niger (IMO State, Nigeria). Hydrobiologia 250:63-71.

Sharma B. K. (1983). The Indian Species of the Genus Branchionus (Eurotatoria Monogononta: Brachionidae). Hydrobiologia 104: 31-39.

Takamura, K.Y., N. Sugaya, T. Takamura, M. Hazato, Yasuno and T. Lawa-Kuma (1989).Primary Production of Phytoplankton of Standing of Zooplankton and Zoo-benthos in Hypertrophic Lake Teganuma. Hydrobiologia173: 173-184.

Tonapi, G.T. (1980).“Fresh Water Animals of India- An Ecological Approach” Oxford and IBH Publishing Co., New Delhi pp. 1-341.

Ward, H.B. and G.C. Whipple (1918).“Freshwater Biology” John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York.


  • There are currently no refbacks.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.