A taxonomic survey of the lamp flora from electrically lit passages in Mammoth Cave, Mammoth Cave National Park, identified 28 species. Overall, cyanobacteria were dominant represented by 14 species (50% of the total), green algae had eight species (29%), and six diatoms species (21%) were present. There was not a correlation between species diversity and temperature, but there is a general trend of increasing diversity with warmer temperatures. There were two algal or cyanobacterial species identified in this study that overlapped with previous studies. There is a lack of continuity between previous studies only having one species identified in more than one study. This suggests a high algal turnover and possible colonization rates.
Smith, Thomas and Rick Olson.
A taxonomic survey of lamp flora (algae and cyanobacteria) in
electrically lit passages within Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky.
International Journal of Speleology,
Available at: http://scholarcommons.usf.edu/ijs/vol36/iss2/6