Title: Exploring differences in macroinvertebrate communities from emergent, floating-leaved and submersed vegetation in shallow ponds
Authors: Van de Meutter, Frank ×
Cottenie, Karl
De Meester, Luc #
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: E schweizerbartsche verlags
Series Title: Fundamental and applied limnology vol:173 issue:1 pages:47-57
Abstract: An important driver of biodiversity is habitat structural complexity: more complex habitats generally contain more species. A good measure of habitat complexity therefore could be a strong tool predict habitat biodiversity. In this pilot study, we test the significance of the classification of aquatic macrophytes that have similar complexity and shape into vegetation types (Emergent: Phragmites, Typha; Floating-Leaved Nymphaeidae: Nuphar: Submersed: potamogeton, Utricularia) to explain macroinvertebrate community structure. Macroinvertebrate abundance and family richness increased from floating-leaved Nuphar to emergent and submersed vegetation. Family richness corrected for abundance did not differ among the vegetation types, possibly due to the small subsamples, but larger stands of Nuphar were needed to reach similar total richness. Six families that significantly differentiated between the vegetation types were associated with submersed and emergent vegetation. Vegetation type explained similar to 21% of the variation in macroinvertebrate community structure within a period, and performed better than any other classification of macrophyte species in explaining variation. Thus, if these results stand generalization in space and time, vegetation type can be a fast and practical indicator of a pond's invertebrate density, and probably diversity.
ISSN: 1863-9135
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Ecology, Evolution and Biodiversity Conservation Section
Laboratory for Aquatic Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (-)
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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