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Biota Neotropica

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Abstract

ROQUE, Fabio de Oliveira et al. Concordance between macroinvertebrate communities and the typological classification of white and clear-water streams in Western Brazilian Amazonia. Biota Neotrop. [online]. 2012, vol.12, n.2, pp. 83-92. ISSN 1676-0603.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1676-06032012000200009.

In this study we have attempted to answer whether there is correspondence between aquatic macroinvertebrate communities and the typological classification of white and clean-water streams in western Amazonia lowlands. We worked within two distinct hydrographic basins: Moa River catchment (clear-water streams) and Azul River catchment (white-water streams) in Serra do Divisor National Park, Acre State, Brazil, sampling 10 streams in each basin. A total of 2,952 individuals were collected, distributed among 134 taxa. Our results show that macroinvertebrate communities, at genus as well as family level, are in concordance to a priori classifications that distinguish between white and clear water streams. The main implication of our results for biomonitoring is that biotic variation between white and clear streams can be partitioned regionally, which would improve the bioassessment accuracy of the Amazonian streams.

Keywords : aquatic insects; biodiversity; neotropical region; biomonitoring; Brazil.

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