The distribution of zoobenthos and sediments in Loch Leven, Kinross, Scotland

Maitland, P.S.

Archiv fur Hydrobiologie 85(1): 98-125


ISSN/ISBN: 0003-9136
Accession: 006632378

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A survey of the distribution of zoobenthos and sediments in Loch Leven in Oct. 1968 is described. Three 7 cm diameter cores taken at each of 103 points spread over the whole loch were analyzed quantitatively for 24 features of the sediment (including particle size distribution and chemistry) and 26 groups of zoobenthos. The data were analyzed graphically and by computer techniques. Two main communities are present, 1 associated with sand, the other with mud. Each of these comprises 2 minor types associated with shallower and deeper areas. All of these types are meaningful ecologically and can be defined in quantitative terms. Correlations among all the variables are described and the value of assessments of this type at autecological and synecological levels is discussed. The data are of value for comparisons with other lake systems.