Distribution patterns of epiphytic reed-associated macroinvertebrate communities across European shallow lakes

Kornijów, R., Dukowska, M., Leszczyńska, J., Smith, C. ORCID: 0000-0003-3285-0379, Jeppesen, E., Hansson, L.-A., Ketola, M., Irvine, K., Nõges, T., Sahuquillo, M., Miracle, M.R., Gross, E., Kairesalo, T., van Donk, E., de Eyto, E., García-Criado, F., Grzybkowska, M. and Moss, B., 2020. Distribution patterns of epiphytic reed-associated macroinvertebrate communities across European shallow lakes. Science of the Total Environment: 144117. ISSN 0048-9697

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Abstract

So far, research on plant-associated macroinvertebrates, even if conducted on a large number of water bodies, has mostly focused on a relatively small geographical area, permitting limited conclusions to be drawn regarding potentially broader geographic effects, including climate. Some recent studies have shown that the composition of epiphytic communities may differ considerably among climatic zones. To assess this phenomenon, we studied macroinvertebrates associated with the common reed Phragmites australis (Cav.) Trin. ex Steud in 46 European shallow lakes using a common protocol. The lakes, located in nine countries, covered almost the entire European latitudinal range (from < 48°N to 61°N) and captured much of the variability in lake size and nutrient content in the region. A Poisson Generalised Linear Mixed Model (GLMM) showed the number of macroinvertebrate epiphytic taxa to be negatively associated with water conductivity and positively associated with medium ice cover duration (approximately 1 month). A Gamma GLMM showed a positive effect of chlorophyll a on the density of macroinvertebrates, and a significantly greater density in lakes located at the lowest and highest latitudes. Individual taxa responded differently to lake environmental conditions across climate zones. Chironomidae dominated in all climate zones, but their contribution to total density decreased with increasing latitude, with progressively greater proportions of Naidinae, Asellidae, Ephemeroptera and Trichoptera. Our study demonstrates that epiphytic macroinvertebrate fauna, even when analyzed at low taxonomic resolution, exhibits clear differences in diversity, relative abundance of individual taxa and total density, shaped both by geographic and anthropogenic variables. The results were discussed in the context of climate change. To our best knowledge this is the first study to examine epiphytic fauna carried out on a European scale.

Item Type: Journal article
Alternative Title: Distribution patterns of macroinvertebrate communities associated with reeds across Europe across European shallow lakes
Publication Title: Science of the Total Environment
Creators: Kornijów, R., Dukowska, M., Leszczyńska, J., Smith, C., Jeppesen, E., Hansson, L.-A., Ketola, M., Irvine, K., Nõges, T., Sahuquillo, M., Miracle, M.R., Gross, E., Kairesalo, T., van Donk, E., de Eyto, E., García-Criado, F., Grzybkowska, M. and Moss, B.
Publisher: Elsevier
Date: 3 December 2020
ISSN: 0048-9697
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.144117DOI
S0048969720376488Publisher Item Identifier
1393416Other
Divisions: Schools > School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 11 Dec 2020 09:07
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2020 09:07
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/41832

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