Aquatic plant-macro invertebrate associations and waterfowl

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1970

Authors

Krull, J.N.

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An ecological study was conducted to determine the association of macro invertebrates with 12 species of submerged aquatic plants common in central New York. An Ekman dredge was used in obtaining the samples. Samples taken included 543 for plants and 181 for combined plant sub-strata. Samples were taken in the shallows of five aquatic areas during the period of April-October, 1966. A total of 114 different taxonomic categories of animals was collected. Three plant species harbored nearly 60 percent of the animal species found. Macro invertebrates appeared to be many times more abundant in vegetated areas than in non-vegetated areas. Plants previously though of as detrimental to waterfowl production, were found to be beneficial because they harbor large quantities of macro invertebrates which furnish a source of animal protein.

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p. 707-718

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Aquatic plant-macro invertebrate, waterfowl

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