, Volume 13, Issue 4, pp 304–310 | Cite as

Aquatic macroinvertebrate association with willow wetlands in northeastern Missouri

  • Patrick A. Magee
  • Leigh H. Fredrickson
  • Dale D. Humburg


Maximum aquatic macroin vertebrate density and biomass was 1600 and 4700 individuals/m2 and 9 and 20 g/m2 dry weight, respectively, in two Mississippi River black willow (Salix nigra) floodplain wetlands, in northeastern Missouri. Density was lower than in seasonally flooded marshes and other forested wetlands characterized by dynamic hydrology. Biomass was comparable to that reported in other studies. Maximum density and biomass of invertebrates occurred in late spring, 6 to 8 months following flooding, when water level was between 11 and 20 cm. Taxonomic composition was similar to that in other detrital based, forested wetlands and was dominated by crustaceans (Isopoda and Amphipoda), mollusks (Pelecypoda and Gastropoda), chironomids, and oligochaetes. Because study sites were deeply flooded (50–120cm) during waterfowl migration, invertebrates were unavailable to dabbling ducks during fall, winter, and early spring.

Key Words

benthic floodplain forested wetlands hydrology macroinvertebrates Mississippi River Missouri Salix nigra 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Patrick A. Magee
    • 1
  • Leigh H. Fredrickson
    • 1
  • Dale D. Humburg
    • 2
  1. 1.Gaylord Memorial Laboratory The School of Natural ResourcesUniversity of Missouri-ColumbiaPuxico
  2. 2.Missouri Department of ConservationColumbia

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