Title: A comparative analysis of cladoceran communities from different water body types: patterns in community composition and diversity
Authors: De Bie, Thomas ×
Declerck, Steven
Martens, Koen
De Meester, Luc
Brendonck, Luc #
Issue Date: Feb-2008
Publisher: Springer
Series Title: Hydrobiologia vol:597 pages:19-27
Abstract: To develop strategies for the management and protection of aquatic biodiversity in water bodies at the landscape scale, there is a need for information on the spatial organization of diversity in different types of aquatic habitats. In this study, we compared the cladoceran composition and diversity between wheel tracks, pools, ponds, lakes, ditches, and streams, in 18 different areas of Flanders (Belgium). Multivariate analysis revealed significant differences in the composition of cladoceran communities among the different water body types. Average local and total diversity tended to be highest for lakes and lowest for streams. Despite the relatively high number of species supported by lakes, small water bodies seem to contribute considerably more to the total cladoceran richness of an average landscape in Flanders than lakes, because of their high abundance. With respect to biodiversity conservation at the landscape scale, our results point to the importance of maintaining a diversity of water body types of different size, permanence and flow regimes.
ISSN: 0018-8158
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Ecology, Evolution and Biodiversity Conservation Section
Laboratory for Aquatic Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (-)
Associated Section of ESAT - INSYS, Integrated Systems
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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