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Planktonic microcrustacean community structure varies with trophic status and environmental variables in tropical shallow lakes in Malaysia


Ahmad Dini, Umi Wahidah and Md. Yusoff, Fatimah and Aris, Ahmad Zaharin and Sharip, Zati and Sinev, Artem Y. (2020) Planktonic microcrustacean community structure varies with trophic status and environmental variables in tropical shallow lakes in Malaysia. Diversity, 12 (9). art. no. 322. pp. 1-19. ISSN 1424-2818


A study was conducted to evaluate planktonic microcrustacean species composition, abundance, and diversity in lakes with different trophic status and to determine the relationship between microcrustacean community structure and lake environmental conditions. This study hypothesized that there are correlations between eutrophication levels and microcrustacean community structures in a lake. Three shallow lakes of different trophic status (Sembrong, Putrajaya and Subang lakes) were selected for this study. Two-Way Analysis of similarities (ANOSIM) revealed differences in microcrustacean diversity and density amongst lakes, where the hypereutrophic condition in Sembrong lake resulted in the lowest diversity but the highest density of microcrustaceans. Similarity percentage (SIMPER) analysis identified the discriminator species among lakes where the domination of small-sized microcrustaceans was observed in lakes with high levels of eutrophication; the hypereutrophic Sembrong lake (Ceriodaphnia cornuta, 74.0%); the meso-eutrophic Putrajaya lake (Bosmina longirostris, 46.9%; C. cornuta, 19.4%). Chlorophyll a, total phosphorus and water transparency showed significant roles in the distribution of microcrustaceans. The canonical correspondence analysis (CCA) scores indicated that small-sized C. cornuta and B. longirostris were related to the eutrophic conditions of lakes. This study elucidated that the lake trophic status could be one of the main factors contributing to the community restructuring of microcrustaceans in tropical lakes.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Agriculture
Institute of Bioscience
Faculty of Forestry and Environment
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.3390/d12090322
Publisher: Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Keywords: Cladocerans; Copepods; Eutrophication; Indicator species; Water quality; Zooplankton
Depositing User: Mohamad Jefri Mohamed Fauzi
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2022 09:21
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2022 09:21
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/87198
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