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Effect of substrate on the colonization of experimental ponds by Chironomidae (Diptera)



Effect of substrate on the colonization of experimental ponds by Chironomidae (Diptera)



Journal of Freshwater Ecology 10(1): 57-63



The influence of substrate type on larval chironomid community structure was studied in a controlled experiment in small artificial ponds. 3 types of sediments of different particle size and organic content were colonized naturally over two 8-week periods. Total abundance and species composition varied with substrate type. Clay treatment ponds had the lowest abundance and were dominated by Chironomus spp., while gravel and sand-silt treatment ponds were dominated by Kiefferulus dux.

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