Riverine ground beetles as indicators of inundation frequency of mountain stream: a case study of the Ochotnica Stream, Southern Poland

Tomasz Skalski , Renata Kędzior , Artur Radecki-Pawlik


Effect of inundation frequency on carabid beetle assemblage structure and organization were studied in single cross-section of mountain stream. A non-metric multidimensional scaling performed on the Bray-Curtis matrix of similarity clearly divided assemblages from lower, flooded at least 1 time per year and upper elevation, flooded every two or more years. Mean species abundance, biomass and mean individual biomass were significantly lower in more frequently disturbed plots. Analyzing infrequently and frequently flooded sites jointly and separately co-occurrence pattern was clearly non-random with c-score values higher than random means, indicating segregation processes even among highly disturbed sites. Twenty nine species were significantly related to flood frequency (IndVal analysis), nine of these were indicators for frequently flooded sites with significantly lower mean body biomass. Our findings confirm the hypothesis of decreasing body size in relation to disturbance in riverine ground beetle assemblages.
Author Tomasz Skalski
Tomasz Skalski,,
, Renata Kędzior (FoEEaLS / DoECaAP)
Renata Kędzior,,
- Department of Ecology, Climatology and Air Protection
, Artur Radecki-Pawlik (FoEEaLS / DoHEaG)
Artur Radecki-Pawlik,,
- Department of Hydraulic Engineering and Geotechnics
Journal seriesBaltic Journal of Coleopterology, [BALTIC JOURNAL OF COLEOPTEROLOGY], ISSN 1407-8619, (B 10 pkt)
Issue year2012
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in EnglishCarabidae, inundation frequency, biomass, mean individual biomass, co-ocurrence, bankfull
ASJC Classification1105 Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics; 1109 Insect Science
URL http://www.bjc.sggw.pl/arts/2012v12n2/446.pdf
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)10
Score sourcejournalList
Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2012 = 1.063
Citation count*5 (2016-07-05)
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