Hydrobiologia

, Volume 564, Issue 1, pp 183–193 | Cite as

Surface and Hyporheic Oligochaete Assemblages in a French Suburban Stream

  • Michel Lafont
  • Anne Vivier
  • Sylvie Nogueira
  • Philippe Namour
  • Pascal Breil
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Abstract

The Chaudanne stream received urban inputs discharged through combined sewer overflows (CSOs). The water quality was not severely impaired, with pollution mainly of organic origin. Oligochaete assemblages were studied in the coarse surface sediments and the hyporheic zone and sampled at four sites on seven occasions during 2000 and 2001. The seasonal distribution of oligochaete assemblages was analyzed by a PCA, the oligochaete species being assigned to functional traits (FTrs). Site 1, located upstream of the CSOs, was characterized by FTrs 1 and 2 (species indicating permeability and those intolerant to water pollution). Below the CSOs, high densities of oligochaetes occurred in the benthic layer of sites 3 and 4, with a predominance of FTr3 (species with tolerance to water pollution). At site 4, FTr4 species (indicative of sludge conditions) constantly predominated in the hyporheic system, but predominated in the benthos only during low stream discharges associated with peaks in CSOs. FTr3 was related to amounts of the oxidized forms of nitrogen, high stream discharges and probably to groundwater upwellings and the sludge tolerant species group (FTr4) was associated with high NH+4 contents. We are now testing the relevance and generalization of this new approach.

Keywords

suburban watercourses urban inputs coarse sediments hyporheic zone Oligochaeta 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michel Lafont
    • 1
  • Anne Vivier
    • 2
  • Sylvie Nogueira
    • 1
  • Philippe Namour
    • 3
  • Pascal Breil
    • 4
  1. 1.Biology Research UnitCemagrefLyon Cedex 09France
  2. 2.SHU LaboratoryENGEESStrasbourgFrance
  3. 3.Water Quality Research UnitCemagrefLyonFrance
  4. 4.Hydrology-Hydraulic Research UnitCemagrefLyonFrance

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