Hydrobiologia

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List of Papers (Total 421)

Life history traits and demographic parameters in the Keratella cochlearis (Rotifera, Monogononta) species complex

A recent study based on DNA taxonomy indicated that the widespread rotifer Keratella cochlearis comprises several evolutionarily significant units (ESUs). Identification of ESUs based on DNA taxonomy alone is problematic and usually requires morphological, demographic, and/or ecological evidence. We isolated three haplotypes belonging to two ESUs of K. cochlearis and conducted life ...

Biotic interactions enhance survival and fitness in the caddisfly Micropterna sequax (Trichoptera: Limnephilidae)

Patches of coarse particulate organic matter in lowland streams are inhabited by many different macroinvertebrate species, yet knowledge of interactions among the members of these assemblages is scarce. In a mesocosm experiment we aimed to determine the effect of interspecific interactions on species survival and fitness of two caddisfly species. It was hypothesized that, as a ...

Glacier dynamics influenced carbon flows through lake food webs: evidence from a chironomid δ13C-based reconstruction in the Nepalese Himalayas

Using a sediment core covering the last 3,500 years, we analysed photosynthetic pigments’ concentrations in lake sediments and carbon stable isotopic composition of chironomid (Diptera, Chironomidae) remains (δ13CHC). We aimed to reconstruct temporal changes in aquatic primary productivity and carbon resources sustaining chironomid larvae in a high mountain lake (Lake Pyramid ...

Correction to: Molecular phylogeny of the Neartic and Mesoamerican freshwater mussel genus Megalonaias

Due to an unfortunate mistake during the production process of the original publication, part of Table 1 was omitted. Hence, the original article has been corrected. The missing section (region ‘Mobile’) of Table 1 is also published on the following page. Springer Nature regrets the error and accepts sole responsibility.

Do current European lake monitoring programmes reliably estimate phytoplankton community changes?

Many European lakes are monitored according to the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD), with focus on phytoplankton biomass and species composition. However, the low-frequency WFD monitoring may miss short-term phytoplankton changes. This is an important issue because short-term extreme meteorological events (heat waves and heavy rain) are predicted to increase in frequency and ...

Stable isotope discrimination factors of omnivorous fishes: influence of tissue type, temperature, diet composition and formulated feeds

Application of stable isotope data to trophic studies requires understanding of factors influencing the isotopic discrimination factor (Δ) between consumers and their prey resources. This is missing for many omnivorous species, despite their diet and environment potentially impacting Δ. The effects of temperature, diet (including formulated feeds) and tissue type on Δ13C and Δ15N ...

Effects of freshwater flow and phytoplankton biomass on growth, reproduction, and spatial subsidies of the estuarine copepod Pseudodiaptomus forbesi

We examined how freshwater flow and phytoplankton biomass affected abundance and population dynamics of the introduced subtropical copepod Pseudodiaptomus forbesi in brackish and freshwater regions of the San Francisco Estuary, California, USA. This copepod is key prey for the endangered and food-limited delta smelt, Hypomesus transpacificus, in low-salinity water during ...

Introduction: The ecology of a river floodplain and the Emiquon preserve

Scientific study of the Illinois River began before a century of anthropogenic change, thus providing a unique perspective for describing river ecology restoration. In this issue, we explain how systematic monitoring revealed patterns in the restoration of the 2723-ha Emiquon Preserve on the Illinois River. The papers describe (1) how planktonic microorganisms, vegetation, fish, ...

The state of the world’s mangroves in the 21st century under climate change

Concerted mangrove research and rehabilitation efforts over the last several decades have prompted a better understanding of the important ecosystem attributes worthy of protection and a better conservation ethic toward mangrove wetlands globally. While mangroves continue to be degraded and lost in specific regions, conservation initiatives, rehabilitation efforts, natural ...

The impact of a small-scale riverine obstacle on the upstream migration of Atlantic Salmon

The behaviour of returning Salmo salar (Linnaeus, 1758) approaching, and attempting to pass low-head weirs remains relatively unknown. A radio telemetry array was created at a low-head weir to enable the behaviour of S. salar (n = 120) to be observed as they approached and attempted to pass the barrier. The majority of fish successfully passed the barrier on their first or second ...

Single colony genetic analysis of epilithic stream algae of the genus Chamaesiphon spp.

In order to understand Chamaesiphon spp. evolution and ecological diversification, we investigated the phylogenetic differentiation of three morphospecies from field samples by means of single colony genetics. Individual colonies of three different morphospecies (C. starmachii, C. polonicus, C. geitleri,) were isolated from lotic gravel streams and their 16S rDNA nucleotide ...

Diversity and succession of pelagic microorganism communities in a newly restored Illinois River floodplain lake

While the success of restoration efforts frequently depends on reconstructing ecological communities, time series observations of community structure over the course of restoration are rare. Here, frequent sampling of bacterioplankton, phytoplankton, planktonic protozoa (ciliates and testaceans), and zooplankton was done along with measurements of select physical and chemical ...

In the mood for wood-habitat specific colonization patterns of benthic invertebrate communities along the longitudinal gradient of an Austrian river

Instream large wood (LW) constitutes an indispensable element of natural river ecosystems. It affects local hydraulics, morphology, nutrient budget, overall habitat complexity, and dynamics. Despite numerous studies about LW as a habitat for benthic communities, information on the varying importance along the longitudinal gradient of a river is lacking. The focus of this study is ...

Food web interactions determine energy transfer efficiency and top consumer responses to inputs of dissolved organic carbon

Climate change projections indicate increased precipitation in northern Europe, leading to increased inflow of allochthonous organic matter to aquatic systems. The food web responses are poorly known, and may differ depending on the trophic structure. We performed an experimental mesocosm study where effects of labile dissolved organic carbon (DOC) on two different pelagic food ...

The short life of the Hoyle organ of Sepia officinalis: formation, differentiation and degradation by programmed cell death

Cephalopods encapsulate their eggs in protective egg envelopes. To hatch from this enclosure, most cephalopod embryos release egg shell-digesting choriolytic enzymes produced by the Hoyle organ (HO). After hatching, this gland becomes inactive and rapidly degrades by programmed cell death. We aim to characterize morphologically the development, maturation and degradation of the ...

Tissue-specific turnover rates of the nitrogen stable isotope as functions of time and growth in a cyprinid fish

Ecological applications of stable isotope data require knowledge on the isotopic turnover rate of tissues, usually described as the isotopic half-life in days (T 0.5) or the change in mass (G 0.5). Ecological studies increasingly analyse tissues collected non-destructively, such as fish fin and scales, but there is limited knowledge on their turnover rates. Determining turnover ...

Application of key ecological attributes to assess early restoration of river floodplain habitats: a case study

The Nature Conservancy acquired the Emiquon Preserve along the Illinois River, Illinois, with the primary objective of restoring ecological floodplain processes and habitats that promote and sustain native species and communities. The Conservancy convened an Emiquon Science Advisory Council prior to restoration implementation that identified key ecological attributes (KEAs) for ...

Food web properties of the recently constructed, deep subtropical Fei-Tsui Reservoir in comparison with the ancient Lake Biwa

Using carbon and nitrogen stable isotope analysis, we characterised food web properties of the deep subtropical Fei-Tsui Reservoir (FTR), which was recently altered from a lotic to a lentic system after dam construction. In the littoral zone, zoobenthos showed strong reliance (83.9%) on benthic algal production. Zoobenthos were never found in the profundal zone because of anoxia. ...