The Ecology of River Systems

  • Bryan R. Davies
  • Keith F. Walker

Part of the Monographiae Biologicae book series (MOBI, volume 60)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVIII
  2. R. L. Welcomme, Henri L. Dumont
    Pages 9-59
  3. Henri J. Dumont
    Pages 61-88
  4. J. A. Cambray, B. R. Davies, P. J. Ashton, J. D. Agnew, F. C. De Moor, P. H. Skelton
    Pages 89-161
  5. T. Petr
    Pages 163-199
  6. R. G. Bailey, K. E. Banister
    Pages 201-224
  7. B. R. Davies, P. B. N. Jackson
    Pages 225-288
  8. J. A. Day, B. R. Davies, W. J. Junk, R. H. Lowe-McConnell
    Pages 289-351
  9. J. A. Stanford, J. V. Ward, H. J. Zimmermann, L. D. Cline
    Pages 353-423
  10. D. M. Rosenberg, D. R. Barton, G. J. Brunskill, P. J. McCart
    Pages 425-540
  11. A. A. Bonetto, J. J. Neiff, D. H. Di Persia
    Pages 541-598
  12. D. H. Di Persia, J. J. Neiff, J. Olazarri
    Pages 599-629
  13. K. F. Walker, R. J. Shiel, P. L. Cadwallader
    Pages 631-694
  14. V. R. Pantulu
    Pages 695-741
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 743-793

About this book


Our understanding of the ecology of running waters has come a long way during the past few years. From being a largely descriptive subject, with a few under­ tones concerned with such things as fisheries, pollution or control of blackflies, it has evolved into a discipline with hypotheses, such as the River Continuum Concept (Vannote et a/. 1980), and even a book suggesting that it offers opportunity for the testing of ecological theory (Barnes & Minshall 1983). However, perusal of the literature reveals that, although some of the very early studies were concerned with large rivers (references in Hynes 1970), the great mass of the work that has been done on running water has been on streams and small rivers, and information on larger rivers is either on such limited topics as fisheries or plankton, scattered among the journals, or not available to the general limnologist. The only exceptions are a few books in this series of publications, such as those on the Nile (Rz6ska 1976), the Volga (Morduckai­ Boltovskoi 1979) and the Amazon {Sioli 1984), and the recent compendium by Whitton (1984) on European rivers, among which there are a few that rate as large.


ecology fisheries lake plankton pollution

Editors and affiliations

  • Bryan R. Davies
    • 1
  • Keith F. Walker
    • 2
  1. 1.Freshwater Research Group, Dept of ZoologyUniversity of Cape Town, RondeboschCape TownSouth Africa
  2. 2.River Murray Research Unit, Dept of ZoologyUniversity of AdelaideAdelaideAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1986
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-8515-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-3290-1
  • Series Print ISSN 0077-0639
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