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Effect of sampling effort and sampling frequency on the composition of the planktonic crustacean assemblage: a case study of the river Danube

Vadadi Fülöp, Cs. and Zsuga, K. and Hufnagel, Levente (2010) Effect of sampling effort and sampling frequency on the composition of the planktonic crustacean assemblage: a case study of the river Danube. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 163 (1-4). pp. 125-138. DOI 10.1007/s10661-009-0822-z

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Official URL: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10661-009-0822-z


Abstract

Although numerous studies have focused on the seasonal dynamics of riverine zooplankton, little is known about its short-term variation. In order to examine the effects of sampling frequency and sampling effort, microcrustacean samples were collected at daily intervals between 13 June and 21 July of 2007 in a parapotamal side arm of the river Danube, Hungary. Samples were also taken at biweekly intervals from November 2006 to May 2008. After presenting the community dynamics, the effect of sampling effort was evaluated with two different methods; the minimal sample size was also estimated. We introduced a single index (potential dynamic information loss; to determine the potential loss of information when sampling frequency is reduced. The formula was calculated for the total abundance, densities of the dominant taxa, adult/larva ratios of copepods and for two different diversity measures. Results suggest that abundances may experience notable fluctuations even within 1 week, as do diversities and adult/larva ratios.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Sample size, Seasonal dynamics, Diversity, Copepoda, Cladocera
Subjects:Ecology
DOI:10.1007/s10661-009-0822-z
ID Code:1651
Deposited By: Z. S.
Deposited On:16 Jul 2014 14:10
Last Modified:16 Jul 2014 14:10

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