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Small spate disturbance and the complexity of habitat architecture in Mountain River, Tasmania

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Robson, BJ, Small spate disturbance and the complexity of habitat architecture in Mountain River, Tasmania, Marine Freshwater Research, 47, (6) pp. 851-855. ISSN 1323-1650 (1996) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1071/MF9960851

Abstract

Densities of benthic invertebrates were counted over several weeks before and after a small winter spate (15.5 times base flow) in two riffle types of contrasting architectural complexity in Mountain River, Tasmania. Complex benthic architecture reduced the impact of this spate on invertebrate densities over the short term (seven days). Longer-term recovery (several weeks) was unaffected by riffle architecture, with one of the riffles recovering much more slowly than the others. Refuges from small spates in Mountain River may exist in mid channel in complex boulder-cobble riffles. Within its temporal context, the effects of the spate on the study sites were of a similar magnitude to other unexplained population fluctuations.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Freshwater Ecology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences
Author:Robson, BJ (Ms Belinda Jane Robson)
ID Code:8730
Year Published:1996
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:Zoology
Deposited On:1996-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-19
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