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Linear And Nonlinear Effects Of Habitat Structure On Composition And Abundance In The Macroinvertebrate Community Of A Large River, Timothy W. Stewart, Tammy L. Shumaker, Thomas A. Radzio Jan 2003

Linear And Nonlinear Effects Of Habitat Structure On Composition And Abundance In The Macroinvertebrate Community Of A Large River, Timothy W. Stewart, Tammy L. Shumaker, Thomas A. Radzio

Timothy W. Stewart

We used an experiment and regression analyses to quantify effects of spatial variation in habitat structure abundance on a riverine macroinvertebrate community under winter conditions. Concrete slabs (0.21 m2; n 5 24) with different numbers of stones (mean individual stone surface area 5 6.44 cm2) attached to upper faces were placed in the James River and retrieved after 28 d. Macroinvertebrate abundance and taxonomic richness on slabs were significantly positively related to stone abundance. Total macroinvertebrate abundance and abundance of oligochaetes (Nais spp.), Asiatic clams (Corbicula fluminea), caddisflies (Leptoceridae), riffle beetles (Elmidae) and stoneflies (Strophopteryx sp.) were linearly related to …