Invertebrates in salt lakes of the Bolivian Altiplano

  • W. D. Williams
  • T. R. Carrick
  • I. A. E. Bayly
  • J. Green
  • D. B. Herbst


Based upon a short reconnaissance (March 1991), the chemicalnature and principal invertebrate fauna of seven saline lakes on the Altiplano of southern Bolivia are discussed (Lago de Uru-uru, Pastos Grandes, Lago Ramiditas, Lago Hedionda, Lago Cañapa, Laguna Colorado, pool at L. Colorado). Salinities ranged between 4.4 and 156 g L−1. The fauna was depauperate. Except at the lowest salinities (<5 gL−1), rotifers were absent. At high salinities (>≈50 g L−1), onlyArtemia, Boeckella poopoensis, ephydrids and a dolichopodid were present.

Key words

invertebrates salt lakes Altiplano Bolivia 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. D. Williams
    • 1
  • T. R. Carrick
    • 2
  • I. A. E. Bayly
    • 3
  • J. Green
    • 4
  • D. B. Herbst
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of ZoologyUniversity of AdelaideAdelaideAustralia
  2. 2.Institute of Freshwater EcologyAmblesideUK
  3. 3.Department of Ecology and Evolutionary BiologyMonash UniversityClaytonAustralia
  4. 4.TeddingtonUK
  5. 5.Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research LaboratoryMammoth LakesUSA

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