Journal article

Variability in the response of amphipods and macroinvertebrate assemblage structure to prolonged drought in forested upland streams

Samantha J Imberger, Christopher J Walsh, Edward Tsyrlin, David G Kerr, Monica Tewman

Biodiversity and Conservation | SPRINGER | Published : 2016


With climate change set to increase the frequency and severity of drought in many parts of the world, there is a need to better understand the effects of drying on stream ecosystems. We investigated the long-term effects of drought on two amphipod taxa Paramoera fontana (Pontogeneiidae) and Austrogammarus australis (Paramelitidae) and macroinvertebrate assemblage structure through an analysis of 13 years of data collected from four forested stream reaches (Victoria, Australia). Abundances of A. australis and P. fontana in the lower reach of Lyrebird Creek declined to zero following surficial streambed drying. Similar declines in abundances were not observed in Sassafras Creek or the two head..

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