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1 March 2009 Seasonal Patterns of the Insect Community Structure in Urban Rain Pools of Temperate Argentina
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Temporary aquatic environments are widespread in the world, and although there are considerable regional differences in their type and method of formation they have many physical, chemical and biological properties in common. With the aim to increase knowledge of urban temporary pool fauna, the objectives of this work were to assess the seasonal patterns of species composition, richness, and diversity of the aquatic insect community inhabiting rain pools in urban temperate Argentina, and to identify the environmental variables associated to these patterns. Four temporary pools of an urban green space in Buenos Aires City were studied throughout a 1-year period. Eleven flood cycles with very varied hydroperiods and dry periods, mainly associated with rainfall, were identified. Insect species richness in these temporary urban pools, 86 taxa were documented, was found to be within the range reported for wild temporary water bodies of other regions of the world. The present results provide evidence for the existence of a clear link between habitat and community variability. Hydroperiod and seasonality were the main environmental factors involved in structuring the insect communities of the studied water bodies. Urban pools in green spaces have the potential to act to its dwellers like corridors through the urban matrix. Taking into account these characteristics and their accessibility, urban temporary pools can be considered as promising habitats for the study of ecological processes involving the insect community.

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M. Soledad Fontanarrosa, Marta B. Collantes, and Axel O. Bachmann "Seasonal Patterns of the Insect Community Structure in Urban Rain Pools of Temperate Argentina," Journal of Insect Science 9(10), 1-17, (1 March 2009).
Received: 5 November 2007; Accepted: 1 February 2008; Published: 1 March 2009

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