Diatom endemic species in Albanian part of Ohrid lake

  • 1 Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, Agricultural University of Tirana, Tirana, Albania


The presence of endemic species in Lake Ohrid exhibit significant spatial variation, related to prevailing climate, lake morphology and fluvial input into the lake. The high biodiversity of the lake was supported by the subaquatic inflow of cool, effects of climate change on the entire lake ecosystem, affects deep water oxygen availability, nutrient cycling and trophic linkages may yet be profound as the structure of the endemic diatom taxa. The dilution of time by time lake waters with pure spring waters is important for the oligotrophic status of Lake Ohrid and its subsequent low algae productivity. We found the highest number of endemic species at different depths from the lake shore, compared to the littoral area, where almost endemic species are either very widespread or almost absent.



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