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Invertebrate communities associated with Bangia atropurpurea and Cladophora glomerata in western Lake Erie

Journal of Great Lakes Research

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Abstract

The appearance of the marine alga Bangia atropurpurea (Rhodophyta) in Lake Erie has been followed by its rapid dispersal throughout the eulittoral zone of the lake. Bangia was extensively sampled to determine its suitability as a habitat for littoral organisms. Present data indicate that the only organisms capable of maintaining populations on Bangia filaments are larval Chironomidae. Cladophora supports a larger and more diverse community. It is concluded that the mucilaginous cell wall of Bangia provides a less stable substrate for attached or clinging organisms than does the cellulose cell wall of Cladophora. The presence of Bangia in the littoral zone of Lake Erie results in a reduction of the quantity and diversity of algal epiphytes and may negatively impact the littoral food web.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Invertebrate communities associated with Bangia atropurpurea and Cladophora glomerata in western Lake Erie
Series title:
Journal of Great Lakes Research
Volume
12
Issue:
3
Year Published:
1986
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center
Description:
pp. 149-153
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Journal of Great Lakes Research
First page:
149
Last page:
153