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Distribution of submersed macrophytes in the St. Clair-Detroit River System, 1978

Journal of Freshwater Ecology

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Abstract

An extensive survey was conducted in fall 1978 to determine the distribution and abundance of submersed macrophytes through the St. Clair-Detroit River system from Lake Huron to Lake Erie. Submersed macrophytes, representing 19 taxa, were widely distributed in the system, being found on 358 kmA? (30%) of the total 1185 kmA? of substrate surveyed. Of the 19 taxa identified, 8 common taxa were found on 20 to 121 kmA? of substrate. These commonly found taxa, in decreasing order of substrate coverage were Characeae, Vallisneria americana, Najas flexilis, Myriophyllum spicatum, Elodea canadensis, Potamogeton richardsonii, Potamogeton spp. (narrow-leaf forms), and Heteranthera dubia. In general, macrophyte beds of low, medium, and high biomass covered much less area but a higher proportion of the available substrate in the St. Clair and Detroit rivers than in Lake St. Clair.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Distribution of submersed macrophytes in the St. Clair-Detroit River System, 1978
Series title:
Journal of Freshwater Ecology
Volume
3
Issue:
4
Year Published:
1986
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Great Lakes Science Center
Description:
p. 537-544
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
537
Last page:
544
Number of Pages:
7