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Structure, zonation, and species diversity of the mayfly communities of the Belá River basin, Slovakia

  • Pavel Deván
  • Ladislav Mucinaz


Four mayfly taxocoena which correspond to zones in the river continuum concept of Vannote et al. (1980) and to the zonation concept of Illies & Botoşaneanu (1963), were distinguished by cluster analysis in the Belá River basin, Slovakia.

By principal components analysis, taxocoena were shown to be separated along a complex gradient dominated by altitude and slope.

An increase of species diversity was observed downstreams. The species-diversity data can be fitted to a geometric series, and interpreted by the niche preemption hypothesis. Equitability and the ratio of Baetidae to Heptagenidae are supposed to indicate ecological conditions.


cluster analysis Ephemeroptera ordination Slovakia species diversity taxocoenon zonation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pavel Deván
    • 1
  • Ladislav Mucinaz
    • 2
  1. 1.TrenčínCzechoslovakia
  2. 2.Institute of Experimental Biology and Ecology, Slovak Academy of SciencesBratislavaCzechoslovakia

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