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Volume 61, Issue 5


Structure and spatial variability of mayfly (Ephemeroptera) communities in the upper Hron River basin

Marek Svitok
  • Department of Biology and General Ecology, Faculty of Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Technical University in Zvolen, T.G. Masaryka 2117/24, SK-96053, Zvolen, Slovakia
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Published Online: 2006-10-01 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s11756-006-0089-6


Mayflies were sampled from eleven sites in six tributaries of the upper Hron River. Mayfly communities were ordinated and related to environmental factors using multiple regression and principal component analysis. Communities of headwater sites were dominated by Rhithrogena iridina which was gradually replaced by Baetis alpinus, at the lower reaches. Total mayfly species richness was inversely related to stream slope and overall abundance was inversely related to altitude. The prominent factor influencing mayfly communities was a complex longitudinal gradient as proposed by the river continuum concept. There were no significant differences in community composition and structure between the left-and right-hand tributaries of the Hron River.

Keywords: Benthos; mayflies; Ephemeroptera; communities; longitudinal gradient; Carpathians; Slovakia

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Citation Information: Biologia, Volume 61, Issue 5, Pages 547–554, ISSN (Online) 1336-9563, ISSN (Print) 0006-3088, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s11756-006-0089-6.

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