Ann. Limnol. - Int. J. Lim.
Volume 44, Number 2, 2008
|Page(s)||119 - 133|
|Published online||15 January 2009|
Species abundance patterns of benthic macroinvertebrate communities in polluted streams
Division of Biological Sciences, Pusan National University, Geumjeong-gu, Busan (Pusan) 609-735, Republic of Korea
2 West Sea Fisheries Research Institute, Jung-gu, Incheon 400-420, Republic of Korea
3 Department of Biology and Institute of Global Environment, Kyung Hee University, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul 130-701, Republic of Korea
4 Current address: Dongnae Girls’ High School, Geumjeong-gu, Busan 609-718, Republic of Korea
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Benthic macroinvertebrates collected at seven different streams displaying different pollution levels were used to investigate species abundance patterns in polluted streams. Community response to disturbances in streams was analysed using species abundance distribution (SAD) for benthic macroinvertebrates across different levels of pollution. The slopes of rank abundance were characteristically steeper with decreasing species richness at the polluted sample sites, while the slopes were less steep with higher species richness at the clean or slightly disturbed sample sites. The SADs were broadly fitted to the log normal distribution in benthic macroinvertebrate communities across different levels of pollution. A geometric series was partly accepted for the communities at the severely polluted sites where new species could not be readily introduced. A power law was applied to the SADs, and the parameters reflected the states pertaining to the sample sites. The SADs were also efficient in revealing ecological state of communities where physico-chemical indicators could not be easily differentiated for stressful conditions in streams.
Key words: Species abundance distribution / benthic macroinvertebrates / log normal distribution / geometric series / power law
© Université Paul Sabatier, 2008
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