The profundal macroinvertebrates, particularly the oligochaetes, of Lake Ledro (Trento, Italy), that has recently undergone eutrophication, were studied. A statistical approach of random sampling was used to study the distribution and abundance of the oligochaete species. The optimum sample number was calculated from a preliminary sample series. The oligochaete community was made up of five tubificid species, one naidid and one lumbriculid species that on average represents more than 80% of the macrobenthic community. Population density was correlated with depth and decreasing oxygen concentration. The role of Tubifex tubifex as a eutrophic, tolerant species was confirmed; and in fact it was the only species found (although at low density) in the deepest and anoxic zone. No comparable data are available for the lake prior to eutrophication, but these data will be valuable for future comparison once a remediation program for the lake has been implemented

Composition and distribution of bottom oligochaete fauna in a eutrophic lake of North Italy (Lake Ledro).

CASELLATO, SANDRA
1994

Abstract

The profundal macroinvertebrates, particularly the oligochaetes, of Lake Ledro (Trento, Italy), that has recently undergone eutrophication, were studied. A statistical approach of random sampling was used to study the distribution and abundance of the oligochaete species. The optimum sample number was calculated from a preliminary sample series. The oligochaete community was made up of five tubificid species, one naidid and one lumbriculid species that on average represents more than 80% of the macrobenthic community. Population density was correlated with depth and decreasing oxygen concentration. The role of Tubifex tubifex as a eutrophic, tolerant species was confirmed; and in fact it was the only species found (although at low density) in the deepest and anoxic zone. No comparable data are available for the lake prior to eutrophication, but these data will be valuable for future comparison once a remediation program for the lake has been implemented
1994
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