The first records of Cyanobacteria diversity in the benthos of the Israeli Coast of the Mediterranean Sea

Ekaterina S. Miroshnichenko, Sophia S. Barinova, Larisa I. Ryabushko

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The work aims the study the species diversity and ecology of Cyanobacteria in the benthos on the Israeli coast of the Mediterranean Sea. As a result, 24 taxa of Cyanobacteria were found. Seven taxa were noted for the first time for this sea: Aphanocapsa incerta, Aphanothece nidulans, Chlorogloea cf. microcystoides, Pseudanabaena mucicola, Chroococcus sp., Gloeocapsopsis sp., Trichocoleus sp. Most Cyanobacteria species were benthic (90 %) and marine (67 %). There were only four indicators of saprobity, and all of them were freshwater species common in oligosaprobic and beta-mesosaprobic waters. Most species had a wide geographic distribution. Species marked of boreal (10 %), boreal-tropical (38 %), arctic-boreal-tropic (29 %) and cosmopolites (24 %) groups. The species richness of Cyanobacteria increased in the sites with the maximal anthropogenic loads from industrial and urban areas of the central Israel, and the minimal ones were in the protected areas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-167
Number of pages9
JournalBotanica Pacifica
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was funded by Russian Academy of Sciences, Government research assignment of IBSS RAS No. 121030300149-0, and by the Israeli Ministry of Aliyah and Integration. We thanks Olena Chernyavska for her great help in sampling.

Publisher Copyright:
© The Author(s). 2022 Open Access (CC) BY-NC license:


  • Benthos
  • Cyanobacteria
  • Diversity
  • Ecology
  • Environmental variables
  • Israeli coast
  • Mediterranean sea
  • Phytogeography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology
  • Plant Science


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