Biodiversity Science ›› 2013, Vol. 21 ›› Issue (6): 699-708.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1003.2013.10082

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Spatial pattern of zooplankton diversity in Lianjiang River, Guangdong Province, China

Yuan Gao, Zini Lai*(), Jie Li, Chao Wang, Yanyi Zeng, Qianfu Liu, Wanling Yang   

  1. Pearl River Fisheries Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences, Guangzhou 510380
  • Received:2013-04-03 Accepted:2013-09-03 Online:2013-12-02
  • Lai Zini

Twelve dams have been built along the Lianjiang River, the largest tributary of the Beijiang River in Guangdong Province, China. To understand the spatial distribution of zooplankton diversity developing after the establishment of these dams and cascades, and also the effects that these dams have had on zooplankton community structure, a study was conducted on the aquatic ecosystem in October 2007. Twelve sampling sites (S1-S12) along the main stream of Lianjiang River were established to study the composition of different groups of zooplankton and dominant species, the spatial distribution of abundance, biomass, diversity index of zooplankton as well as the zooplankton community, and relationships with environmental factors. Records showed that there were 76 species of zooplankton, which included 19 species of protozoa, 25 species of rotifer, 17 species of cladocera and 15 species of copepoda. Species numbers of zooplankton were greatest in sites S2 to S4, and lowest in S5. The dominant species were Stentor polymorphrus, Brachionus calyciflorus, Bosmina longirostris and Ectocyclops phaleratus, and significant differences in the distribution of dominant species existed between sampling points. Abundance of zooplankton fluctuated between 921.00 and 2,160.35 individuals/L, with highest abundance occurring in S5 and lowest in S1. Biomass of zooplankton fluctuated between 0.198 and 0.699 mg/L, with the highest value occurring in S5 and the lowest in S1. Generally, the values of Margalef species richness index, Shannon-Wiener diversity index and Pielou Evenness index of different zooplankton groups showed higher in upstream and lower in middle and downstream. PCA analysis showed a significant association between zooplankton community and environmental factors such as ammonia nitrogen, permanganate index, pH and transparence. We concluded that significant differences in ecological factors between habitats, such as nutrients, caused by cascade development, were the key factors determining the spatial distribution of zooplankton diversity in the Lianjiang river.

Key words: dam, zooplankton, dominant species, abundance, biomass, community structure, spatial pattern

Fig. 1

Map of sampling sites in the Lianjiang River"

Fig. 2

Spatial variations of water environmental factors in the Lianjiang River"

Table 1

Spatial variations in species richness of different groups of zooplankton in the Lianjiang River"

Species number
采样点 Sampling sites
S1 S2 S3 S4 S5 S6 S7 S8 S9 S10 S11 S12
原生动物 Protozoa 7 7 7 7 4 6 6 6 5 5 5 5
轮虫类 Rotatoria 9 11 13 14 8 13 13 13 12 11 10 10
枝角类 Cladocera 7 8 7 6 2 6 5 5 5 4 4 3
桡足类 Copepoda 7 7 6 6 3 5 5 4 3 4 3 3
浮游动物 Zooplankton 30 33 33 33 17 30 29 28 25 24 22 21

Table 2

Similarity coefficients of zooplankton communities among 12 sampling sites in the Lianjiang River"

S1 S2 S3 S4 S5 S6 S7 S8 S9 S10 S11
S2 0.26
S3 0.31 0.38
S4 0.26 0.38 0.43
S5 0.18 0.30 0.32 0.35
S6 0.22 0.33 0.37 0.40 0.31
S7 0.26 0.31 0.44 0.41 0.39 0.37
S8 0.23 0.41 0.45 0.45 0.45 0.49 0.50
S9 0.22 0.25 0.38 0.38 0.45 0.38 0.50 0.47
S10 0.20 0.29 0.35 0.46 0.46 0.32 0.47 0.44 0.53
S11 0.18 0.30 0.30 0.27 0.30 0.33 0.38 0.28 0.42 0.39
S12 0.19 0.28 0.31 0.31 0.41 0.28 0.35 0.32 0.48 0.45 0.72

Table 3

Dominant species of zooplankton in the Lianjiang River"

Dominant species
原生动物 Protozoa
多态喇叭虫 Stentor polymorphrus 0.209
旋回侠盗虫 Strobilidium gyrans 0.206
王氏似铃壳虫 Tintinnopsis wangi 0.071
腔裸口虫 Holophrya atra 0.026
大草履虫 Paramecium caudatum 0.025
轮虫类 Rotatoria
萼花臂尾轮虫 Brachionus calyciflorus 0.252
针簇多肢轮虫 Polyarthra trigla 0.142
螺形龟甲轮虫 Keratella cochlearis 0.117
镰状臂尾轮虫 Brachionus falcatus 0.049
角突臂尾轮虫 B. angularis 0.040
长足轮虫 Rotaria neptunia 0.039
十指平甲轮虫 Platyias militaris 0.039
浦达臂尾轮虫 Brachionus budapestiensis 0.026
裂足臂尾轮虫 B. diversicornis 0.025
枝角类 Cladocera
长额象鼻溞 Bosmina longirostris 0.145
多刺裸腹溞 Moina macrocopa 0.046
脆弱象鼻溞 Bosmina fatalis 0.039
圆形盘肠溞 Chydorus sphaericus 0.020
桡足类 Copepoda
胸饰外剑水蚤 Ectocyclops phaleratus 0.087
汤匙华哲水蚤 Sinocalanus dorrii 0.042
模式有爪猛水蚤 Onychocamptus mohammed 0.029

Fig. 3

Ordination diagram of the first two axes of principle correspondence analysis of zooplankton and sampling sites in the Lianjiang River"

Fig. 4

Spatial variations of abundance and biomass of zooplankton in the Lianjiang River"

Fig. 5

Margalef index, Shannon-Wiener index and Evenness index of zooplankton in the Lianjiang River"

Fig. 6

Ordination diagram of the first two axes of principle correspondence analysis of zooplankton and environmental factors in the Lianjiang River"

Table 4

Correlation coefficient for abundance of zooplankton axis1 and axis2, environment factors axis1and axis2, and environment factors in the Lianjiang River"

SPAX3 0 0
SPAX4 0 0 0
ENAX1 0.97 0.02 -0.05 -0.13
ENAX2 0.02 0.68 0.13 0.06 0.02
ENAX3 -0.04 0.09 0.97 -0.15 -0.05 0.13
ENAX4 -0.16 0.05 -0.18 0.78 -0.16 0.07 -0.19
透明度 Transparence -0.39 0.17 0.12 -0.34 -0.41 0.24 0.13 -0.43
pH -0.43 0.15 0.81 -0.04 -0.44 0.22 0.84 -0.05
溶解氧 Dissolved oxygen -0.30 -0.10 0.43 -0.10 -0.31 -0.15 0.45 -0.12
总磷 Total phosphorus -0.13 0.02 -0.31 0.31 -0.14 0.02 -0.32 0.39
总氮 Total nitrogen 0.20 0.23 0.31 0.50 0.21 0.34 0.32 0.64
氨氮 Ammonia nitrogen 0.72 -0.17 0.26 -0.23 0.74 -0.24 0.27 -0.30
高锰酸盐指数 Permanganate index 0.39 -0.17 0.04 0.02 0.40 -0.25 0.04 0.03
硅酸盐 Silicate -0.02 0.17 0.12 0.57 -0.02 0.25 0.12 0.74
pH 溶解氧
Ammonia nitrogen
高锰酸盐指数 Permanganate
透明度 Transparence
pH 0.42
溶解氧 Dissolved oxygen 0.64 0.63
总磷 Total phosphorus -0.50 -0.16 -0.58
总氮 Total nitrogen -0.30 0.36 0.16 0.13
氨氮 Ammonia nitrogen -0.25 -0.17 -0.10 -0.50 0.01
高锰酸盐指数 Permanganate index -0.58 -0.36 -0.17 0.05 -0.01 0.18
硅酸盐 Silicate -0.39 0.05 -0.31 0.39 0.42 -0.08 0.16
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