By: Gopal Sharma(Author), Hasko F Nesemann(Author)
208 pages, 191 colour photos
This book is a reference field guide to provide the first checklist of aquatic macrophytes found in the Damodar River Basin of Jharkhand state in India. These macrophytes provide cover and food for fishes and other aquatic animals and also act as an indicator of water quality of the water bodies. The book consist of a systematic account of 45 species belonging to 22 families from the order Charales of the class Charaphyceae, division Charophyta.
Pictorial Guide to Aquatic Macrophytes of the Damodar River Basin in Jharkhand and West Bengal, India is intended to give its readers a generalized summary of the variety of aquatic plants and their ecology in the river basin as well as enhance the identification and understanding of the frequently observed macrophyte species therein. The Damodar River Basin is the largest watershed draining the Chotanagpur Plateau which is covered mainly by subtropical dry broadleaf forests.This is the first book on aquatic macrophytes of the Damodar river basin and will be utilized as baseline data by future workers. It will also serve to create environmental awareness among environmentalists, nature lovers, amateur researchers, and policy makers of the Save Damodar Campaign.
Materials and methods
Localities surveyed in the present study
Species inventory of Jharkhand and Bihar
Floating leaf diversity
1. Family characeae
2. Family azollaceae
3. Family salviniaceae
4. Family Nymphaeaceae water lilies
5. Family Nelumbonaceae lotus
6. Family ranunculaceae
7. Family polygonaceae
8. Family Haloragaceae
9. Family menyathaceae floating hearts
10. Family convolvulaceae
11. Family scrophulariaceae
12. Family Alismataceae
13. Family hydrocharitaceae
14. Family Najadaceae water nymphs
15. Family potamogetonaceae, pondweeds
16. Family aponogetonaceae
17. Family pontederiaceae water hyacints
18. Family araceae
19. Family lemnaceae duckweed/water meal
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