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Title: Influence of large woody debris on stream insect communities and benthic detritus

Author: Lemly, A. Dennis; Hilderbrand, Robert H.;

Date: 2000

Source: Hydrobiologia 421:179-185

Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)

Description: We examined the extent to which benthic detritus loadings and the functional feeding group structure of stream insect communities respond to channel modifications produced by experimental addition of large woody debris (LWD, entire logs) to Stony Creek, VA. Benthic detritus loadings per sample did not change after LWD additions, but large increases in pool habitats created by LWD increased net detritus by an estimated 27 kg (25 percent) in the 250 m of stream receiving LWD. A large increase in the proportional area of pool habitats may result in a dominance of collector-gatherers and corresponding decreases in shredders and scrapers. Functional feeding group community structure in pools was similar spatially and temporally. Riffles were spatially convergent, but differed temporally. Community structure was significantly different between pools and riffles. The results indicate possible large-scale influences in overall community structure due to channel alterations by LWD, but little within-habitat change.

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Lemly, A. Dennis; Hilderbrand, Robert H. 2000. Influence of large woody debris on stream insect communities and benthic detritus. Hydrobiologia 421:179-185.


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