Aquatic weeds, Benthos, Freshwater ecology, Little Lake Barton
Benthic macroinvertebrates and physicochemical parameters were monitored simultaneously with hydrilla in a central Florida lake. Changes in the benthos were described in relation to plant growth. Twenty-seven of the 54 taxa of benthic macroinvertebrates collected were members of the Family Chironomidae. Chironomids and oligochaetes numerically dominated the benthos, comprising of 82% of the individual collected. The greatest numbers of species and individuals were found during the winter when hydrilla biomass was low. Hydrilla biomass ranged from 0.385 kg/m2 in April, 1977 to 2.275 kg/m2 in October, 1977. Low numbers of species and individuals were collected from bottom sediments during summer and fall. Dissolved oxygen concentrations at the bottom were approximately 2.0 ppm during summer and fall and possibly limited benthic organisms. The annual means for the Shannon and Simpson Indices for the benthos were 1.92 and 0.36, respectively.
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Osborne, John A.
Master of Science (M.S.)
College of Natural Sciences
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Scott, Stefani L., "Benthic Macroinvertebrates in a Hydrilla Infested Central Florida Lake" (1980). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 515.