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Response of biofilm-dwelling nematodes to habitat changes in the Garonne River, France: influence of hydrodynamics and microalgal availability

Majdi, Nabil and Traunspurger, Walter and Boyer, Stéphanie and Mialet, Benoît and Tackx, Michèle and Fernandez, Robert and Gehner, Stefanie and Ten-Hage, Loïc and Buffan-Dubau, Evelyne Response of biofilm-dwelling nematodes to habitat changes in the Garonne River, France: influence of hydrodynamics and microalgal availability. (2011) Hydrobiologia: The International Journal of Aquatic Sciences , 673 (1). 229-244. ISSN 0018-8158

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10750-011-0781-6


Lotic epilithic biofilms are submitted to seasonal disturbances (e.g. flood events, self-detachment), which influence the biomass, diversity and viability of their algal and bacterial communities. The objective of this study is to examine whether (1) biofilm-dwelling nematodes respond to such seasonal changes in terms of diversity and community structure, (2) nematode species and feeding-types distribution respond to the varied trophic situations within the biofilm, since variations in biofilm microalgal composition may represent a variation in available food. The biofilm-dwelling nematode community was monitored in a temperate river over an 18 month period with a high sampling frequency. These data were linked to environmental abiotic and biofilm biotic factors. Nematode density was positively correlated to biofilm and microalgal biomass, but was dampened by floods. A clear seasonal pattern of the community was detected (summer shift), so that two nematode groups stand out: (1) the epistrate-feeders Chromadorina bioculata (Schultze in Carus, 1857) and Chromadorina viridis (Linstow, 1876) were primarily related to diatom availability, and dominated the nematode assemblage most of the time, (2) seven species from various feeding types (deposit-feeders, suction-feeders, and chewers) grew mainly under summer conditions concomitantly to a change of biofilm trophic status and microalgal composition. Overall, the results suggested that, in addition to abiotic disturbances, the availability of potential preys in the biofilm might represent an important driver of nematode community patterns.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Thanks to Springer Verlag editor. The definitive version of this article is available at :http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10750-011-0781-6
HAL Id:hal-00959377
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
Other partners > Universität Bielefeld (GERMANY)
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