Increased pH in acid lakes changes the crustacean fauna from communities dominated by acid-tolerant species to communities dominated by more acid-sensitive species. Studies from Canada (Killarney) and southeastern Norway (østfold county) have demonstrated that planktonic and littoral crustaceans can be used as indicators of such recoveries. In both places the cladocerans Alona rustica and Acantholeberis curvirostris were found in acidic lakes, whereas Alona costata and the copepod Eucyclops macrurus were found in near neutral lakes. The calanoids Diaptomus minutus in North America and Eudiaptomus gracilis in Europe, both dominate in acidic water, and may ecologically be equivalent species. Sometimes the same species occur at different pH in the two continents. Bosmina longirostris and Alonella excisa may serve as examples, but a pertinent question is whether or not they are really the same species.
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- Crustacean Communities in Canada and Norway: Comparison of Species Along a pH Gradient
Ann Kristin L. Schartau
- Springer Netherlands