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Distribution, abundance and biomass of benthic macroinvertebrates relative to pH and nutrients in eight lakes of Nova Scotia, Canada

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The lakes investigated ranged widely in pH (3.6–6.3), total phosphorus (3.3–33.1 μg.L-1) and calcium (0.352-6.30 mq.L-1). Several macroinvertebrate groups especially Pelecypoda, Hirudinea and Gastropoda do not occur in lakes of low pH (<5.0). The bivalve Pisidium sp. occurred in one acidic lake (pH 5.2). Apparently, this is the lowest pH occurrence for Pisidium sp. at such low calcium levels (0.35 mg.L-1). Macroinvertebrate richness was reduced with increased levels of acidity but nutrient availability apparently controlled macroinvertebrate abundance and biomass in the lakes.

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Schell, V.A., Kerekes, J.J. Distribution, abundance and biomass of benthic macroinvertebrates relative to pH and nutrients in eight lakes of Nova Scotia, Canada. Water Air Soil Pollut 46, 359–374 (1989). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00192870

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