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Habitat architecture influencing microcrustaceans composition: a case study on freshwater Cladocera (Crustacea Branchiopoda)

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Debastiani-Junior, J. R. [1] ; Elmoor-Loureiro, L. M. A. [2] ; Nogueira, M. G. [1]
Total Authors: 3
[1] Univ Estadual Paulista, UNESP, Dept Zool, Dist Rubiao Jr S-N, BR-18618970 Botucatu, SP - Brazil
[2] Univ Catolica Brasilia, Lab Biodiversidade Aquat, QS 7 Lote 1, Sala M204, BR-71966700 Taguatinga, DF - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 2
Document type: Journal article
Source: Brazilian Journal of Biology; v. 76, n. 1, p. 93-100, FEB 2016.
Web of Science Citations: 2

Environmental complexity is considered a key factor for diversity enhancement in aquatic ecosystems. Macrophyte stands are a major contributor for this complexity due to their differential architectures. Nevertheless, the influence of distinct aquatic habitat architectures (with different types of macrophytes or without them) on microcrustaceans' taxa composition, usually found in macrophyte colonized water bodies, is underexplored in limnological studies. The main objective of this study was to analyze this influence by comparing the Cladocera composition among four habitat architectures: (1) fluctuant macrophytes, (2) rooted emergent macrophytes, (3) submerged macrophytes and (4) the limnetic zone of oxbow lakes associated to a large subtropical reservoir. Wide compositional variation was observed. Fluctuant macrophytes exhibited the richest Cladocera assemblage, dominated by Chydoridae. Submerged and rooted emergent macrophytes had the most similar assemblages between them. The most distinctive fauna was found in the limnetic zone, dominated by Bosminidae. Probable differences in resource availability in each sampled habitat architecture are considered as the driving factor for the Cladocera composition variation. We concluded that for a complete inventory of a given local fauna, it is imperative to take into account the aquatic habitat architecture, including macrophyte stands, in the data sampling design. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 11/23444-6 - Cladoceran (Crustacea, Branchipoda) assemblages diversity from lotic stretches adjacent areas of Rio de la Plata Basin (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay)
Grantee:Jose Roberto Debastiani Júnior
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate (Direct)
FAPESP's process: 09/00014-6 - Limnological studies of large reservoirs of the River de la Plata Basin (Brazil, Argentine, Paraguay and Uruguay): a spatial geographical approach and the influence of present and historical processes
Grantee:Marcos Gomes Nogueira
Support type: Regular Research Grants
FAPESP's process: 09/11781-8 - The importance of the wetlands associated to reservoirs in the Río de la Plata basin (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay) to the Cladocera fauna diversity
Grantee:Jose Roberto Debastiani Júnior
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Master