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Biological traits of European pond macroinvertebrates

Céréghino, Régis and Oertli, Beat and Bazzanti, Marcello and Coccia, Cristina and Compin, Arthur and Biggs, Jeremy and Bressi, Nicolas and Grillas, Patrick and Hull, Andrew P. and Kalettka, Thomas and Scher, Olivier Biological traits of European pond macroinvertebrates. (2012) Hydrobiologia, 689 (1). 51-61. ISSN 0018-8158

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10750-011-0744-y


Whilst biological traits of river macroinvertebrates show unimodal responses to geographic changes in habitat conditions in Europe, we still do not know whether spatial turnover of species result in distinct combinations of biological traits for pond macroinvertebrates. Here, we used data on the occurrence of 204 macroinvertebrate taxa in 120 ponds from four biogeographic regions of Europe, to compare their biological traits. The Mediterranean, Atlantic, Alpine, and Continental regions have specific climate, vegetation and geology. Only two taxa were exclusively found in the Alpine and Continental regions, while 28 and 34 taxa were exclusively recorded in the Atlantic and Mediterranean regions, respectively. Invertebrates in the Mediterranean region allocated much energy to reproduction and resistance forms. Most Mediterranean invertebrate species had narrow thermal ranges. In Continental areas, invertebrates allocated lesser energy to reproduction and dispersal, and organisms were short lived with high diversity of feeding groups. These characteristics suggest higher resilience. The main difference between ponds in the Alpine and Atlantic regions was their elevation. Alpine conditions necessitate specific adaptations related to rapid temperature fluctuations, and low nutrient concentrations. Even if our samples did not cover the full range of pond conditions across Europe, our analyses suggest that changes in community composition have important impacts on pond ecosystem functions. Consistent information on a larger set of ponds across Europe would be much needed, but their low accessibility (unpublished data and/or not disclosed by authors) remains problematic. There is still, therefore, a pressing need for the incorporation of high quality data sets into a standardized database so that they can be further analyzed in an integrated European-wide manner.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Thanks to Springer Verlag editor. The definitive version is available at http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10750-011-0744-y
HAL Id:hal-00913586
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Other partners > Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas - CSIC (SPAIN)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
Other partners > Università di Roma - SAPIENZA (ITALY)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
Other partners > Leibniz-Zentrum für Agrarlandschaftsforschung - ZALF (GERMANY)
Other partners > Haute Ecole Spécialisée de Suisse Occidentale - HES-SO (SWITZERLAND)
Other partners > Liverpool John Moores University - LJMU (UNITED KINGDOM)
Other partners > Pôle-relais "Mares, Zones Humides intérieures et Vallées alluviales" (FRANCE)
Other partners > Museo Civico di Storia Naturale (ITALY)
Other partners > Pond Conservation (UNITED KINGDOM)
Other partners > Tour du Valat - Centre de recherche pour la conservation des zones humides méditerranéennes (FRANCE)
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