Russian Journal of Ecology

, Volume 36, Issue 2, pp 103–108 | Cite as

Response of lithophilic zoobenthos to changes in the granulometric composition of grounds in the metarithral zone of a small river in the foothills of southwestern kamchatka

  • V. N. Leman
  • V. V. Chebanova


Data on the species composition, abundance, and biomass of macrozoobenthos in the rapids of a small river flowing in the foothills of the southwestern Kamchatka Peninsula are considered along with the results of quantitative analysis of structural rearrangements in the lithophilic community under the effects of changes in the granulometric composition of bottom sediments. Groups of lithophilic and pelophilic invertebrates typical of the metarithral of such rivers (e.g., chironomids of subfamilies Diamesinae and Prodiamesinae) are identified.

Key words

granulometric composition bottom sediments species diversity lithophilic and pelophilic invertebrates 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. N. Leman
    • 1
  • V. V. Chebanova
    • 1
  1. 1.Russian Federal Research Institute of Fisheries and OceanographyMoscowRussia

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