Semi-quantitative biomass-size distributions (BSD’s) along a joint axis of individual size provided an integrated illustration of aquatic communities sampled at different taxonomic and trophic levels. The approach was applied within the Swedish ISELAW-programme (integrated studies of the effects of liming acidified waters) to test the general hypothesis that aquatic communities in limed lakes are not systematically different from communities in comparable non-limed circumneutral lakes. Input data included pelagic phytoplankton and Zooplankton, sublittoral/profundal macroinvertebrates, and benthic fish, within twelve Swedish lakes (six limed, two acidic and four circumneutral reference lakes). The four compartments were sampled on different spatial scales, but each designed for between-lakes comparisons. There were no clear-cut differences in overall size distribution between the three categories of lakes. The mean BSD of limed lakes was indeed more similar to the mean BSD of circumneutral lakes than to that of two acidic lakes. Due to high variation within categories, however, acidification status alone can not be used for reliable prediction of BSD in a certain lake.
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- Biomass-Size Distribution of the Aquatic Community in Limed, Circumneutral and Acidified Reference Lakes
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