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Erik Jeppesen

Distribution patterns of epiphytic reed-associated macroinvertebrate communities across European shallow lakes

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  • Ryszard Kornijów, University of Life Sciences in Lublin
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  • Małgorzata Dukowska, University of Lódz
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  • Joanna Leszczyńska, University of Lódz
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  • Carl Smith, University of Lódz, Nottingham Trent University, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
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  • Erik Jeppesen
  • Lars Anders Hansson, Lund University
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  • Mirva Ketola, University of Helsinki
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  • Kenneth Irvine, Trinity College Dublin
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  • Tiina Nõges, Estonian University of Life Sciences
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  • Maria Sahuquillo, University of Valencia
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  • Maria Rosa Miracle, University of Valencia
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  • Elisabeth Gross, University of Konstanz
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  • Timo Kairesalo, University of Helsinki
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  • Ellen van Donk, University of Helsinki
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  • Elvira de Eyto, Trinity College Dublin
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  • Francisco García-Criado, University of Leon
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  • Maria Grzybkowska, University of Lódz
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  • Brian Moss, University of Liverpool
So far, research on plant-associated macroinvertebrates, even if conducted on a large number of water bodies, has mostly focused on a relatively small area, permitting limited conclusions to be drawn regarding potentially broader geographic effects, including climate. Some recent studies have shown that the composition of epiphytic communities may differ considerably among climatic zones. To assess this phenomenon, we studied macroinvertebrates associated with the common reed Phragmites australis (Cav.) Trin. ex Steud in 46 shallow lakes using a common protocol. The lakes, located in nine countries, covered almost the entire European latitudinal range (from <48°N to 61°N) and captured much of the variability in lake size and nutrient content in the region. A Poisson Generalized Linear Mixed Model (GLMM) showed the number of macroinvertebrate epiphytic taxa to be negatively associated with water conductivity and positively associated with medium ice cover duration (approximately 1 month). A Gamma GLMM showed a positive effect of chlorophyll a on the density of macroinvertebrates, and a significantly greater density in lakes located at the lowest and highest latitudes. Individual taxa responded differently to lake environmental conditions across climate zones. Chironomidae dominated in all climate zones, but their contribution to total density decreased with increasing latitude, with progressively greater proportions of Naidinae, Asellidae, Ephemeroptera and Trichoptera. Our study demonstrates that epiphytic macroinvertebrate fauna, even when analyzed at low taxonomic resolution, exhibits clear differences in diversity, relative abundance of individual taxa and total density, shaped both by geographic and anthropogenic variables. The results were discussed in the context of climate change. To our best knowledge this is the first study to examine epiphytic fauna carried out on a European scale.
Original languageEnglish
Article number 144117
JournalScience of the total Environment
Volume760
Number of pages10
ISSN0048-9697
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2021

    Research areas

  • Climate, Epiphytic fauna, Helophytes, Ice cover, Littoral, Nutrients, Phragmites

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