The disturbance effect of largemouth bass nesting on a benthic macroinvertebrate community

E. K. Kupriyanova*, C. F. Bailey

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Abstract

Largemouth bass nesting disturbance significantly affected the distribution and abundance of macroinvertebrates in the littoral zone of Lake Wedington, AR. The total average densities and richness of benthic invertebrates were significantly greater outside than inside the nest areas throughout the reproductive period. Chironomidae, Oligochaeta, and Ephemeroptera dominated the samples, and densities of these invertebrates were consistently greater outside nests throughout this period. However, these alterations were transient and the recovery from the disturbance was observed within ten days following completion of largemouth bass nesting. The frequency and predictability of nesting disturbance and nature of disturbed substrate seem to be the factors affecting the persistence of the disturbance effects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)333-341
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Freshwater Ecology
Volume13
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1998
Externally publishedYes

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