, Volume 353, Issue 1–3, pp 77–89 | Cite as

Physical, chemical and biological dynamics of five temporary dystrophic forest pools in Central Mississippi

  • Lisa A. Bonner
  • Walter J. Diehl
  • Ronald Altig


Five temporary forest pools at Noxubee National WildlifeRefuge,Noxubee Co., Mississippi were surveyed monthly for three yearstogain a better understanding of the dynamics of temporaryaquatichabitats. The objective of this study was to characterize thephysicochemical and biological changes in temporary pools inorderto assess the temporal habitat diversity. These ecosystems,allwithin no more than 4 km of one another, were heterotrophicwith adetrital-based food web derived from allochthonous leaflitter.These pools were chosen because of their close proximity tooneanother, they historically filled and dried seasonally, andtheywere known breeding sites for resident amphibian populations.Only47% of the amphibian cohorts inhabiting the pools appeared tothrive and metamorphose prior to pool desiccation. Successfuldevelopment and dispersal of larvae was variable among poolsandyears. We found that the filling cycles differed amonghabitats andthat physiochemical and biological parameters were highlyvariable.Our data suggest that ephemeral pools in this central piedmontregion of Mississippi are each unique and represent habitatsof lowpredictability for amphibian breeding and success. We concludethatit is erroneous to draw generalizations regarding a ‘typical’temporary pool ecosystem within this region.

freshwater temporary pools ephemeral water amphibianbreeding habitats; invertebrate fauna 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lisa A. Bonner
    • 1
  • Walter J. Diehl
    • 1
  • Ronald Altig
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biological SciencesMississippi State UniversityMississippi StateUSA

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