Burrowing mayflies in Lake Erie - a review

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Edited by: M. MunawarT. Edsall, and I.F. Munawar


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This paper describes the life history, distribution, and abundance of Hexagenia in Lake Erie, as shown by sediment core samples containing preserved Hexagenia remains dating back to about 1740, periodic sampling of living nymphal populations since about 1930, observations of emergences and mating swarms of adults, and the incidence of Hexagenia in fish stomachs. The roles of eutrophication and anoxia, and of oil and heavy metal pollution in the decline, near extinction, and delayed recovery of Hexagenia in the western basin are also discussed.

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Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Burrowing mayflies in Lake Erie - a review
Year Published 1999
Language English
Publisher Backhuys Publishers
Publisher location Leiden, The Netherlands
Contributing office(s) Great Lakes Science Center
Description p. 219-231
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Other Government Series
Larger Work Title The state of Lake Erie: past, present and future
First page 219
Last page 231