Environmental Diversity In Bukidnon

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I. Introduction
Inland bodies of waters of every form, composition, altitude and latitude are populated with organisms, both plants and animals. The quantity, distribution, and diversity of these organisms differ greatly in various waters and are primarily determined by its immediate environment and the factors that characterize it (Soo, et. al., 1997).
The animal components of these waters, particularly lakes, are represented mostly by zooplankton in extremely great numbers so that an evaluation of their population dynamics, and certain important environmental characteristics that influence these dynamics, is fundamental to formulations of the productivity of these aquatic bodies (Reazo, 2001).
Bukidnon is a province in Northern Mindanao with
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Such stress always reduce the diversity of organisms. The diversity of an aquatic ecosystem includes the group of minute animals with limited power of locomotion, especially the zooplankton (Moles, 2008). Diversity and abundance of zooplankton provides the integrity of the aquatic ecosystem (Ferdous, et. al., 2009) as some zooplankton species such as Brachionus caudatus, Keratella tropica, and Filinia sp are indicators of pollution (Pettersen, 2010). The inclusion of zooplankton in any limnological studies cannot be underestimated because of their role in aquatic food chain. They are vital in the preservation of the ecological integrity and sustainable productivity of any aquatic…show more content…
Cladocerans are commonly known as water fleas due to their size and jerky swimming motion (Brian, 2010). They play a significant role in clearing lake water by their combined direct (efficient filtering) and indirect (suppression of ciliates and rotifers) impact on nutrient sedimentation from internal cycling (Karabini, et al., 2007). Planktonic copepods are important ecological link in the aquatic food chain linking microscopic algal cells to juvenile fish to whales. They also have the potential to act as control mechanisms for malaria by consuming mosquito larvae, and contrarily are intermediate hosts of many human and animal parasites (Walter & Boxshall,

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