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Article: Effects of water transfer on aquatic insects in a stream in Hong Kong

TitleEffects of water transfer on aquatic insects in a stream in Hong Kong
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Issue Date1992
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Regulated Rivers: Research & Management, 1992, v. 7 n. 4, p. 369-377 How to Cite?
AbstractThe ecological effects of periodic dewatering on aquatic insects were investigated in Tai Po Kau Forest Stream, Hong Kong, where water extraction at a weir gives rise to intermittent flow immediately downstream of a well studied perennial stream section. Trends in total population densities were unclear, with considerable fluctuations over the study period. In contrast, species richness declined markedly after surface flow disappeared, reaching the lowest values at the end of both dry seasons. A rapid increase accompanied flow resumption on the onset of the summer monsoon, and maximum wet season values were up to five times greater than species richness during the dry season. Dry season declines in Ephemeroptera and Trichoptera were accompanied by a dramatic increase in Coleoptera (Elmidae and especially Helodidae). The situation was reversed during the wet season when Trichoptera (especially Cheumatopsyche and Chimarra) and Ephemeroptera (Leptophlebiidae, Baetidae and Heptageniidae) were numerous. Community structure in the intermittent reach recovered quickly from the dewatering disturbance, due largely to recolonization by drifting animals. The community was resilient to disturbance because a source of mobile colonists was available upstream, but if dewatering affects reaches far downstream, the presence of suitable colonists in upstream reaches cannot be guaranteed, and recovery from disturbance will be delayed. Lowland streams in Hong Kong are often polluted and host to exotic species; in such circumstances the effects of water transfers are exacerbated and recolonization is hindered. -from Author
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/178540

 

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dc.contributor.authorDudgeon, Den_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-12-19T09:48:16Z-
dc.date.available2012-12-19T09:48:16Z-
dc.date.issued1992en_US
dc.identifier.citationRegulated Rivers: Research & Management, 1992, v. 7 n. 4, p. 369-377en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/178540-
dc.description.abstractThe ecological effects of periodic dewatering on aquatic insects were investigated in Tai Po Kau Forest Stream, Hong Kong, where water extraction at a weir gives rise to intermittent flow immediately downstream of a well studied perennial stream section. Trends in total population densities were unclear, with considerable fluctuations over the study period. In contrast, species richness declined markedly after surface flow disappeared, reaching the lowest values at the end of both dry seasons. A rapid increase accompanied flow resumption on the onset of the summer monsoon, and maximum wet season values were up to five times greater than species richness during the dry season. Dry season declines in Ephemeroptera and Trichoptera were accompanied by a dramatic increase in Coleoptera (Elmidae and especially Helodidae). The situation was reversed during the wet season when Trichoptera (especially Cheumatopsyche and Chimarra) and Ephemeroptera (Leptophlebiidae, Baetidae and Heptageniidae) were numerous. Community structure in the intermittent reach recovered quickly from the dewatering disturbance, due largely to recolonization by drifting animals. The community was resilient to disturbance because a source of mobile colonists was available upstream, but if dewatering affects reaches far downstream, the presence of suitable colonists in upstream reaches cannot be guaranteed, and recovery from disturbance will be delayed. Lowland streams in Hong Kong are often polluted and host to exotic species; in such circumstances the effects of water transfers are exacerbated and recolonization is hindered. -from Authoren_US
dc.languageengen_US
dc.relation.ispartofRegulated Rivers: Research & Managementen_US
dc.titleEffects of water transfer on aquatic insects in a stream in Hong Kongen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailDudgeon, D: ddudgeon@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.authorityDudgeon, D=rp00691en_US
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dc.identifier.volume7en_US
dc.identifier.issue4en_US
dc.identifier.spage369en_US
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