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Chironomid communities of lotic mosses

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Nolte,  Ulrike
Limnological River Station Schlitz, Max Planck Institute for Limnology, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Max Planck Society;

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Nolte, U. (1989). Chironomid communities of lotic mosses. Acta Biologica Debrecina Supplementum Oecologica Hungarica, 3, 249-255.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-000F-CA67-9
Abstract
The chironomid coenosis associated with Platyhypnidium, a genus of lotic moss, is described for the uppermost 1 km of a small stream in Central Germany. Diamesa and Eukiefferiella dominated, with at least 8 species among the 6 common genera. No predacious midges were found in the moss. Measured over a period of 11 months, the mean chironomid abundance was more than twice as high near the source as in an area 1 km downstream; maxima of 530 larvae/10 cm² occured in July. The chironomid microdistribution within moss-cushions is described, and is assumed to be size-dependent for the larvae of Diamesa and Micropsectra.