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2 April 2013 Responses of macroinvertebrate communities to 4 years of deer exclusion in first- and second-order streams
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We compared hydrological environments and macroinvertebrate communities in 1st- and 2nd-order streams between a deer-excluded catchment (EC) and a control catchment (CC) to test effects of deer-induced hillslope soil erosion and sedimentation on macroinvertebrates. Overland flow contribution to the streams was greater in CC than in EC, and substrate in 1st-order streams contained more fine sediment in CC than in EC, whereas fine sediment in substrate in 2nd-order streams was similar between catchments. Macroinvertebrate community structure in 2nd-order streams was similar between catchments, but community structure in 1st-order streams differed between catchments. In 2nd-order streams, grazer and predator taxa predominated in both catchments, whereas in 1st-order streams, a clinger taxon predominated in EC and a burrower taxon predominated in CC. Diversity of macroinvertebrates in 1st-order streams was 1.14× higher in EC than in CC. We suggest that effects of deer on macroinvertebrates were less apparent in 2nd- than in 1st-order streams because fine sediments did not accumulate in 2nd-order streams exposed to deer browsing. Our results suggest that effects of sediment addition caused by deer browsing depends on the hydrogeomorphic properties of headwater streams.

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Masaru Sakai, Yosihiro Natuhara, Keitaro Fukushima, Risa Naito, Hideaki Miyashita, Makoto Kato, and Takashi Gomi "Responses of macroinvertebrate communities to 4 years of deer exclusion in first- and second-order streams," Freshwater Science 32(2), 563-575, (2 April 2013). https://doi.org/10.1899/12-116.1
Received: 30 July 2012; Accepted: 1 February 2013; Published: 2 April 2013
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