Environmental Science and Pollution Research

, Volume 25, Issue 23, pp 23286–23293 | Cite as

The response of zooplankton communities to the 2016 extreme hydrological cycle in floodplain lakes connected to the Yangtze River in China

  • Kun Zhang
  • Mei Xu
  • Qili Wu
  • Zhi Lin
  • Fangyuan Jiang
  • Huan Chen
  • Zhongze Zhou
Research Article


The Huayanghe Lakes play an important role in the Yangtze floodplain in China and had extremely high water levels during the summer of 2016. Monitoring data was collected in an effort to understand the impact of this change on the crustacean zooplankton composition and abundance and the biomass variation in the Huayanghe Lakes between a regular hydrological cycle (RHC) and an extreme hydrological cycle (EHC). The crustacean zooplankton community composition, abundance, and biomass in the floodplain lakes were markedly affected by the water-level disturbance. The number of species was lower in the RHC, but the mean density and biomass decreased from 93.84 ± 13.29 ind./L and 6.11 ± 0.89 mg/L, respectively, in the RHC to 66.62 ± 10.88 ind./L and 1.22 ± 0.26 mg/L, respectively, in the EHC. Pearson correlations and redundancy analyses revealed the environmental factors with the most significant impact on the crustacean zooplankton community differed between the RHC and EHC cycles. Little previous information exists on the zooplankton in these lakes, and the present study provides data on the zooplankton composition, abundance, and biomass, both at baseline and in response to hydrological changes.


Hydrological cycle Crustacean zooplankton Connect to the Yangtze River Huayanghe Lakes group 



This work was supported by the Anhui Provincial Education Department’s Natural Science Research Project of China (Y06061777). We thank Jingjing Liu and Jianxun Wu for their participation in the field work.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kun Zhang
    • 1
  • Mei Xu
    • 1
  • Qili Wu
    • 1
  • Zhi Lin
    • 1
  • Fangyuan Jiang
    • 1
  • Huan Chen
    • 1
  • Zhongze Zhou
    • 1
  1. 1.Anhui Biodiversity and Wetland Ecology Group, School of Resources and Environmental EngineeringAnhui UniversityHefeiChina

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