Journal of Pure and Applied MicrobiologyVol. 9 No. 1

Taxonomic Study of Algal Flora of Indus River Ponds at the Vicinity of Ghazi Ghat Dera Ghazi Khan

Allah Bakhsh Gulshan1, Amara Abid1 and Muhammad Irshad Arshad2

1Department of Botany, Ghazi University, Dera Ghazi Khan Punjab Pakistan. 2Department of Forestry, Range and Wildlife, Ghazi University, D.G. Khan, Punjab, Pakistan.

Received on 29 July 2014 and accepted on 10 September 2014



The present study was conducted to elucidate the fresh water algal flora of various ponds, which were located the surroundings of Ghazi Ghat Bridge at Indus River district Dera Ghazi Khan, Punjab, Pakistan during the year 2013. Four sampling sites were selected. Thirteen families of various classes, which include 17 genera, were identified. Chlorophyceae was the dominant green algae family followed by the remaining other families. All these taxa constitute new records for the study area. For the taxonomic work the keys are very important tools for the identification of genera. So in this investigation, construction and consultation of keys are paramount importance. Keys are devices useful in identifying known or unknown algal genera found in any type of habitats of the region. The key was developed with the aid of published data and recent studies.

Keywords : Dichotomous key, algal forms, ponds algae; thallophyta, phytoplankton.