Ann. Limnol. - Int. J. Lim.
Volume 40, Number 4, December 2004
|Page(s)||309 - 316|
|Published online||15 February 2009|
Typology of large European rivers according to their Chironomidae communities (Insecta : Diptera)
Federal Institut of Hydrology, Am Mainzer Tor 1, 56068 Koblenz, Germany.
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The Chironomidae fauna of ten large European rivers (Rhine, Elbe, Oder, Danube, Loire, Pripjat, Po, Maas, Garonne and Rhône) were investigated by analysing their ecological traits (longitudinal zonation pattern, saprobiological affinities, feeding types) using one-dimensional and multivariate methods. The results confirm the geomorphological differentiation of these rivers in two main types, i.e. gravel-type and sand-type rivers. The analyses of the Chironomidae traits also showed that transition zones separate the two main types of rivers.
Key words: chironomidae / typology / biodiversity / large rivers / Europe
© Université Paul Sabatier, 2004
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