Flow permanence and macroinvertebrate community diversity within groundwater dominated headwater streams and springs

Paul J. Wood, John Gunn, Heidi Smith, Ahmad Abas Kutty

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Abstract

The response of aquatic macroinvertebrate communities to flow permanence within limestone springs and headwater streams was examined across the English Peak District. At the regional scale, macroinvertebrate communities of perennial and intermittent springs displayed significant differences in the number of taxa, macroinvertebrate community abundance, diversity indices (Shannon and Simpson indices) and the Berger-Parker dominance index at intermediate discharge. However, no significant difference was recorded between intermittent and perennial sites at high discharge or when all sampling occasions were pooled. At the catchment scale, the number of taxa, community abundance and Bray-Curtis similarity coefficients within the River Lathkill differed significantly between intermittent springs and other habitats. At both the regional and catchment scale the macroinvertebrate communities of intermittent springs were characterised by a small number of taxa displaying life cycle adaptations to intermittent aquatic habitats, particularly Trichoptera.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-64
Number of pages10
JournalHydrobiologia
Volume545
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2005
Externally publishedYes

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macroinvertebrates
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macroinvertebrate
Groundwater
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Limestone
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aquatic invertebrates
aquatic habitat
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Trichoptera
diversity index
limestone
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Keywords

  • Crenobiology
  • Hydroecology
  • Karst springs
  • Perennial and ephemeral flow

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aquatic Science
  • Oceanography
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Pollution
  • Water Science and Technology

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Flow permanence and macroinvertebrate community diversity within groundwater dominated headwater streams and springs. / Wood, Paul J.; Gunn, John; Smith, Heidi; Abas Kutty, Ahmad.

In: Hydrobiologia, Vol. 545, No. 1, 08.2005, p. 55-64.

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