, Volume 575, Issue 1, pp 389–399 | Cite as

Habitat complexity as a determinate of benthic macroinvertebrate community structure in cypress tree reservoirs

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We analyzed benthic samples (n = 128) collected from four cypress-tree population areas within a large, shallow Arkansas reservoir over a 2-year period to investigate macroinvertebrate community distribution patterns and their relation to physical and chemical parameters. The calculated biomass, abundance and diversity of the benthic macroinvertebrate community varied significantly both temporally and spatially. Variations of these variables are most likely explained by significant differences in the concentration of carbon and nitrogen in sediments across lake sites, and on a smaller scale, the presence or absence of cypress trees. Benthic macroinvertebrate abundance, biomass, and diversity significantly decreased with distance from tree.


Mcroinvertebrates Abundance Diversity Habitat heterogeneity Biomass 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of BiologyPenn State University-FayetteUniontownUSA
  2. 2.Biology DepartmentUniversity of Central ArkansasConwayUSA

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