Tropical Ecology and Conservation [Monteverde Institute]

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La continuidad del río San Luis : Una mirada a los cambios químicos y biológicos a lo largo de un gradiente longitudinal del río

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Kit Hamley

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Publication Date

May 2009

Abstract

From start to finish, physical changes along a river continuum create a natural longitudinal gradient to which biotic communities respond. This biotic response to natural physical change is a fundamental pattern of river ecology and is generally called The River Continuum Concept. The purpose of this study was to look at changes in water quality and aquatic insect communities along a pristine river continuum. Data was collected along a 1-kilometer series of 11 sites along the San Luis River in San Luis, Costa Rica. As expected, water quality did not change along the 1-kilometer reach. Overall percent abundances of insect Orders were different for each site. Three regions were created within the 1-kilometer continuum based on similarities in Shannon-Weiner values. Comparisons of these regions showed that percent composition of insect Orders fluctuate between the three regions. Water quality values were consistent over the entire continuum, therefore changes in biotic assemblages due to water degradation can be ruled out. This means that the changes observed in biotic assemblages were due to changes created by a natural longitudinal gradient. De principio a fin, cambios físicos a lo largo de un rio continuo crea un gradiente longitudinal al cual las comunidades abióticas responden. Estos cambios bióticos son respuestas naturales a los cambios físicos y fundamentales para la ecología del rio y que generalmente se llama Concepto de Continuidad Riparia. El propósito de este estudio fue observar los cambios en la calidad del agua y las comunidades de insectos acuáticos a lo largo de un rio.

Keywords

River continuum concept, Concepto del rio continuo, Aquatic insects, Insectos acuaticos, Costa Rica--Puntarenas--Monteverde Zone--San Luis, Costa Rica--Puntarenas--Zona de Monteverde--San Luis, CIEE Spring 2009, CIEE Primavera 2009

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Student affiliation : Department of Biology, Bowdoin College Born Digital

Subject: topical

River continuum concept; Concepto del rio continuo; Aquatic insects; Insectos acuaticos; CIEE Spring 2009; CIEE Primavera 2009

Subject: geographic

Costa Rica--Puntarenas--Monteverde Zone--San Luis; Costa Rica--Puntarenas--Zona de Monteverde--San Luis

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Monteverde Institute MVI

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M39-00507

The San Luis river continuum  :  a look at the chemical and biological changes along a longitudinal pristine river gradient

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