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Aquatic insects of a lowland rainforest in Papua New Guinea: assemblage structure in relation to habitat type

  • Jan KleckaEmail author
Section Zoology


Papua New Guinea is one of the most valuable tropical regions but ecological research of its freshwater in¬vertebrates has been lacking. The goal of this paper is to evaluate the species richness, diversity and structure of aquatic insect assemblages in different habitats in the Wanang River catchment in a well-preserved lowland rainforest. Assemblage structure was studied on two spatial scales — in different habitats (river, streams and stagnant pools) and in three mesohabitats in the river (slow and fast sections and submerged wood). The results show that headwater streams had the highest morphospecies diversity, while the river had the highest insect abundance. Slow and fast sections of the river differed both in terms of insect abundance and diversity. Furthermore, a number of unique wood-associated species was found on submerged wood. The most notable feature of the assemblage structure was scarcity of shredders and dominance of predators. However, predatory beetles, bugs and dragonfly larvae exhibited contrasting habitat preferences. This study shows that Papua New Guinean lowland rainforests host diverse and distinctly structured freshwater insect assemblages.

Key words

community structure biodiversity aquatic insects functional feeding groups habitat selectivity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratory of Integrative EcologyInstitute of Entomology, Biology Centre of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic v.v.i.České BudějoviceCzech Republic

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