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Challenges in intermittent river assessment: Prospects for an unexpected obscure animal group (Acari: Hydrachnidia)


(SMIRES) Pozojević, Ivana; Pešić, Vladimir; Stubbington, Rachel; Gottstein, Sanja; Miliša, Marko; Datry, Thibault
Challenges in intermittent river assessment: Prospects for an unexpected obscure animal group (Acari: Hydrachnidia) // World Conference on Ecology
Berlin, Njemačka, 2018. str. 61-61 doi:10.4172/2157-7625-C1-032 (predavanje, međunarodna recenzija, prosireni, znanstveni)


Naslov
Challenges in intermittent river assessment: Prospects for an unexpected obscure animal group (Acari: Hydrachnidia)

Autori
Pozojević, Ivana ; Pešić, Vladimir ; Stubbington, Rachel ; Gottstein, Sanja ; Miliša, Marko ; Datry, Thibault

Kolaboracija
SMIRES

Vrsta, podvrsta i kategorija rada
Sažeci sa skupova, prosireni, znanstveni

Izvornik
World Conference on Ecology / - , 2018, 61-61

Skup
World Conference on Ecology

Mjesto i datum
Berlin, Njemačka, 19.-20.03.2018

Vrsta sudjelovanja
Predavanje

Vrsta recenzije
Međunarodna recenzija

Ključne riječi
Water mites ; Hydrachnidia ; intermittent river bioassessment ; indicators ;
(Water mites ; Hydrachnidia ; intermittent river bioassessment ; indicators)

Sažetak
Water mites have complex life cycles, synchronizing five life stages according to host, prey and habitat availability and in intermittent rivers (IRs), to dry periods as well. Multiple connections of water mites to the environment make them sensitive to any changes and consequently, good bioindicators. Their dynamics and potential in intermittent river bioassessment is discussed. Nine study sites from seven karst rivers, where intermittency naturally occurs, were analyzed in order to assess water mite occurrence along several hydrological metric gradients. The sites ranged from perennial or rarely ceasing flow to regularly ceasing flow or extremely intermittent categories. Water quality indices that include water mites (PTH and PTHfam index, Plecoptera, Trichoptera, Hydrachnidia) were tested and compared with the EPT index (Ephemeroptera, Plecoptera and Trichoptera) in order to test their applicability in intermittent river monitoring. Water mites positively associated with unstable hydrological conditions (drying events with greater unpredictability) showed morphological features (swimming setae) typical for lentic habitats. On the other hand, crawling mites (inhabiting both lentic and lotic hydrosystems) were found to positively correlate with higher values of both the PTH and EPT indices (higher quality classes). The PTH and PTHfam indices were (significantly) positively correlated with the EPT, showing slightly higher quality values (classes) in IRs when compared to the values of the EPT index. Water mites can thus be considered as indicators that bridge the gap IR bioasssesment caused by insect taxa sensitive to flow intermittency and pristine, naturally intermittent rivers.

Izvorni jezik
Engleski

Znanstvena područja
Biologija



POVEZANOST RADA


Projekt / tema
MULTISEK

Ustanove
Prirodoslovno-matematički fakultet, Zagreb

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