MSc AEM
Algal List, Millport reservoirs, October 2005
Napier University

 

Collected during the MSc Aquatic Ecosystem Management's October 2005 field trip to the Marine Station

(For previous years' results: click on the year 2002  2003 2004)

The class remit was to perform a microbiological examination of the tourist beaches, then come up with (theoretical) design recommendations for sewage treatment, and for drinking water purification based on an old reservoir. We sampled the algae as a guide to the quality of the fresh water supply. Camphill reservoir, in the hills near Largs, is the source of the current water supply for Cumbrae piped under the channel).

Relative abundance of the algae is scored: abundant=a, common=c, frequent=f, rare=r


Reservoirs  
Camphill
  Millport upper
  Millport Lower
  pH    
6.3
7.4
7.7
  Conductivity µS
60
 213
239
Species Group
net plankton
net plankton
periphyton
net plankton
periphyton
Anabaena sp. Cyano
 
 
 
a
 
Aphanizomenon sp.

Cyano 

 
 
 
r
 
Asterionella formosa diatom
c
a/c
f
f
 
Aulacoseira sp. diatom
f/c
f/c
c
 
 
Botryococcus sp. Chlorophyte
 
 
 
r
 
Ceratium hirundinella Dinoflagellate
 
 
 
r
 
Closterium kuetzingii Chlorophyte
r
 
 
 
 
Closterium moniliferum Chlorophyte
r
r
f/c
r
r
Coelastrum sphaericum Chlorophyte
 
r
f/c
 
r
Coelosphaerium Cyanobacteria
c
c
 
c
r
Cosmarium punctatulum Chlorophyte
r
 
 
 
 
Cosmarium turpinii v. podolicum Chlorophyte
 
 
r
 
 
Cymbella sp. Diatom
r
 
 
 
 
Desmidium swartzii Chlorophyte
r
 
 
 
 
Diatoma vulgaris Diatom
 
 
f
r/f
f/c
Fragilaria capucina Diatom
r
 
f
f
 
Gomphonema truncatum Diatom
 
 
f
 
 
Gonatozygon kinahanii Chlorophyte
 
r
f
 
r
Mallomonas caudata Chrysophyte
 
f/c
 
 
 
Microcystis sp. Cyanobacteria
 
r
 
r
 
Mougeotia 5µm. Chlorophyte
 
 
 
r
 
Mougeotia 11µm. Chlorophyte
 
r
f/c
 
 
Mougeotia 17µm. Chlorophyte  
f
f/c
f
f
Mougeotia 20µm. Chlorophyte
 
 
 
r
 
Nitzschia sigmoidea Diatom
 
 
 
 
r
Oedogonium 6µm. Chlorophyte
r
r
 
 
 
Oedogonium 15µm. Chlorophyte
f/c
 
 
 
r/f
Oedogonium 30µm. Chlorophyte  
f/c
 
f
r
f/c
Oscillatoria 8µm. Cyanobacteria
 
r
 
 
 
Oscillatoria 11µm. Cyanobacteria
 
 
f
r
r
Palmodictyon viride Chlorophyte
r
 
 
 
 
Pediastrum duplex ?v. rugulosum Chlorophyte
 
r
 
 
 
Pediastrum duplex Chlorophyte
 
r
r
 
 
Phormidium 8µm. Cyanobacteria
 
 
 
r
 
Scenedesmus sp. Chlorophyte
 
 
r/f
 
 
Spirogyra 14µm. Chlorophyte
r
 
r
 
 
Spirogyra 28µm. Chlorophyte
 
 
 
r
r
Spirogyra 35µm. Chlorophyte
 
 
 
 
f/c
Spondylosium planum Chlorophyte
r
 
 
 
 
Staurastrum armigerum fo. furcigerum Chlorophyte
f
 
 
 
 
 Staurastrum cingulum Chlorophyte
f
f/c
f
f
 
Staurastrum hirsutum fo. muricatum Chlorophyte
f
 
 
 
 
Staurastrum lunatum Chlorophyte
c
 
 
 
 
Staurodesmus dejectus Chlorophyte
r
 
 
 
 
Tabellaria flocculosa Diatom
c
 
 
 
 
Tabellaria fenestrata v. asterionelloides Diatom  
f
 
 
 
 
Tetraedron ? Chlorophyte
 
 
r
 
 
Ulothrix 8µm. Chlorophyte
f
 
 
 
 
?Westella botrydioides Chlorophyte
f
 
 
 
  
Zygnema 20µm. Chlorophyte
 
 
 
 
r/f
   
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
 
Compare with 2002  2003 2004 reservoir algae
 

John Kinross