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The chironomid (Insecta: Diptera) and other fauna of aMyriophylum spicatum L. plant bed in the lower Hudson River

  • Charles A. Menzie


The benthic fauna of a small cove of the Hudson River containing the aquatic plantMyriophyllum spicatum L. was studied for a one-year period. The fauna was characteristic of oligohaline zones of United States east coast estuaries. Total abundance of invertebrates retained on a 0.12 mm mesh sieve averaged 124,631 organisms m−2 (sediment and plant populations combined) and ranged up to 196,000 m−2. During the May–August period, invertebrates living on the plants comprised 16–35% of the invertebrate fauna in the cove. Chironomid larvae were the most abundant organisms on plants and the third most abundant in the sediments. Two assemblages of chironomid species were recognized; one lived solely in the sediments, the other lived primarily on the plants.Chironomus decorus andTanytarsus sp. dominated the former group andCricotopus sylvestris the latter. The chironomidDicrotendipes modestus utilized both habitats. During the May–August period, chironomid biomass on the plants comprised approximately 50% of total chironomid biomass in the cove. The mean dry-weight biomass of chironomids in the cove (1.6 g m−2) is estimated to be sixteen times greater than that of the fauna in the deeper areas of the river. Because chironomid larvae are eaten by fish and invertebrates, shallow water regions with their rich chironomid (and other fauna) may contribute importantly to the trophic dynamics of estuarine systems. *** DIRECT SUPPORT *** A01BY009 00004


Aquatic Plant Standing Crop White Perch Myriophyllum Spicatum Water Mite 
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  • Charles A. Menzie
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  1. 1.EG&G, Environmental ConsultantsWaltham

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