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The longitudinal distribution and community dynamics of zooplankton in a regulated large river: a case study of the Nakdong River (Korea)

  • Hyun-Woo Kim
  • Gea-Jae Joo


The longitudinal distribution and seasonal dynamics of zooplankton were examined along a 200-km section of the middle to lower Nakdong River, Korea. Zooplankton was sampled twice a month from January 1995 to December 1997 at five sites in the main river channel. There was considerable longitudinal variation in total zooplankton abundance (ANOVA, p < 0.001). All major zooplankton groups (rotifers, cladocerans, copepodids and nauplii) increased significantly with distance downstream along the river. There also were statistically significant seasonal differences in zooplankton abundance at the sampling sites (ANOVA, p < 0.01). Zooplankton abundance was high in spring and fall and low in summer and winter. The seasonal pattern of rotifers was similar to that of total zooplankton. This reflected the fact that rotifers (Brachionus calyciflorus, B. rubens, Keratella cochlearis and Polyarthra spp.) strongly dominated the zooplankton community at all locations. Among the macrozooplankton, small-bodied cladocerans (e.g. Bosmina spp.) dominated; the abundance of large-bodied cladocerans (e.g. Daphnia) was negligible (0–5 ind. l−1). Among the environmental variables considered, partial residence time seemed to play the most important role in determining characteristics of the river zooplankton community.

longitudinal distribution zooplankton rotifers estuary dam partial residence time 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hyun-Woo Kim
    • 1
  • Gea-Jae Joo
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BiologyPusan National UniversityPusanS. Korea

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