Freshwater zooplankton in the Hawkesbury-Nepean River

Comparison of community structure with other rivers

T. Kobayashi*, R. J. Shiel, P. Gibbs, P. I. Dixon

*Corresponding author for this work

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The Hawkesbury-Nepean River is a regulated coastal river in New South Wales, Australia. Between March 1992 and March 1993, the freshwater portion of the river was inhabited by a taxonomically rich (total: 116 taxa) and dense (annual mean community density: up to 1024 animals l-1) microzooplankton community, comparable to that in some of the large regulated temperate rivers in the Northern Hemisphere. The common zooplankton taxa in the river were similar to those observed in other rivers at the genus or species level, with a characteristic increase in protists (Vorticella spp.) towards the downstream reaches of the river. Zooplankton community density in the Hawkesbury-Nepean River was, to some degree, predictable from river environmental variables: density was significantly negatively correlated with river flow rate but positively correlated with temperature, turbidity, conductivity, total phosphorus and chlorophyll a. The results of the present study generally conform to the hypothesis of similar structure of zooplankton communities in rivers, relative to that in lakes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-145
Number of pages13
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Australian river
  • Correlations
  • Density
  • Environmental variables
  • Microzooplankton
  • Taxonomic richness

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