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Both lake regime and fish introduction shape autotrophic planktonic communities of lakes from the Patagonian Plateau (Argentina)

  • Juan Francisco SaadEmail author
  • Sol Porcel
  • Julio Lancelotti
  • Inés O’Farrell
  • Irina Izaguirre


Strobel Plateau hosts more than 1,500 shallow lakes displaying different water regimes, which constitute the habitat for many species. Although the region is naturally fishless, many of the lakes were stocked with trout, bearing uncertainty about the possible effects on the ecosystem. The main objective of this study was to analyze the characteristics of planktonic autotrophic communities of lakes differing in regime (phytoplankton turbid, clear vegetated, and clear unvegetated) and presence/absence of fish. During late spring and summer, 14 water bodies were sampled in 2011 and 2013 considering different regimes and presence/absence of fish. Besides limnological variables, the autotrophic communities, from pico to microplankton, were also analyzed. Differences in physical and chemical characteristics observed among the lakes corresponded to their current regime and the presence/absence of trouts. Autotrophic picoplankton and phytoplankton > 20 µm abundances differed among lake types being highest in fish-stocked lakes. Although the three type of lakes presented phycoerythrin-rich picocyanobacteria and picoeukaryotes, only fish-stocked lakes hosted phycocyanin-rich picocyanobacteria. Moreover, fish-stocked lakes were dominated by cyanobacteria, while chlorophytes abounded in fishless systems. Evidences that lake regime and fish occurrence influence planktonic autotrophic communities of Strobel plateau is here provided, highlighting the intra- and interannual dynamism of the aquatic systems.


Phytoplankton Shallow lakes Strobel Plateau Top-down Bottom-up Trout Fish-stocked lakes Fishless lakes 



We thank Lic. Cristina Marinone, Dr. Ignacio Roesler, and Dr. Rodrigo Sinistro for their collaboration during the field campaigns. Also special thanks to the people of “Estancia Laguna Verde” for the lodging and collaboration on the logistics during the campaigns. This investigation was supported by a grant of the Argentinean Fund for Technical and Scientific Investigation (FONCYT, PICT 0794).


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corrected publication December 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  • Juan Francisco Saad
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Sol Porcel
    • 3
  • Julio Lancelotti
    • 4
    • 2
  • Inés O’Farrell
    • 3
    • 2
  • Irina Izaguirre
    • 3
    • 2
  1. 1.Escuela Superior de Ciencias MarinasUniversidad Nacional del COMAHUERío NegroArgentina
  2. 2.National Council of Scientific and Technical Research from Argentina (CONICET)Buenos AiresArgentina
  3. 3.Departamento de Ecología, Genética y Evolución, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y NaturalesUniversidad de Buenos Aires, IEGEBA (CONICET-UBA)Buenos AiresArgentina
  4. 4.Instituto Patagónico para el Estudio de Ecosistemas Continentales CENPAT-CONICETChubutArgentina

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