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1 August 2005 Reach-Scale Distribution Dynamics of a Grazing Stream Insect, Micrasema quadriloba Martynov (Brachycentridae, Trichoptera), in Relation to Current Velocity and Periphyton Abundance
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Reach-scale temporal shifts in the distribution of larvae of a grazing caddisfly, Micrasema quadriloba (Brachycentridae), were investigated in a Japanese mountain stream. The larvae showed an aggregated distribution within the reach at the beginning of the immigration, then became randomly dispersed throughout the reach as the immigration progressed. The abundance of periphyton in the reach decreased dramatically with increasing dispersal of the larvae. Simple regression analyses revealed that the stream's flow regime was the most important environmental factor that determined the reach-scale distribution of the larvae and that the relationship between the flow regime and the distribution of the larvae shifted temporally. In addition, our results suggest that only this species of grazing insect, which was dominant in the study reach, controlled the reach-scale abundance of the periphyton.

Izumi Katano, Hiromune Mitsuhashi, Yu Isobe, Hiroaki Sato, and Tadashi Oishi "Reach-Scale Distribution Dynamics of a Grazing Stream Insect, Micrasema quadriloba Martynov (Brachycentridae, Trichoptera), in Relation to Current Velocity and Periphyton Abundance," Zoological Science 22(8), 853-860, (1 August 2005). https://doi.org/10.2108/zsj.22.853
Received: 15 April 2005; Accepted: 1 July 2005; Published: 1 August 2005
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