Biology Bulletin Reviews

, Volume 8, Issue 6, pp 542–545 | Cite as

The Relation between the Species Diversity Index and Characteristics of Organism Communities in Waterbodies

  • A. F. AlimovEmail author


Based on literature data and our own, changes in the Shannon diversity index for the communities of organisms under changing environmental factors are considered. The eutrophication and pollution of waterbodies are shown to reduce the diversity of the communities; they become simpler, and the ratio of steno- to eurybiotic species decreases.


diversity Shannon index structure of zooplankton and zoobenthos communities 



This study was supported and performed within the framework of a state assignment (project no. AAAA-A17-117021310121-0 “Studies of the Dynamics of Trophic Relations, Biological Diversity, and Patterns of Nutrient Cycle within Ecosystems of Continental Waterbodies under Anthropogenic Effect and Climate Change.” I am grateful to A.P. Ostapenya, who kindly provided long-term data on the Narochanskie lakes, and M.S. Golubkov and V.G. Vlasova for their assistance in the work.


Сonflict of interests. The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Statement on the welfare of animals. This article does not contain any studies involving animals performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of SciencesSt. PetersburgRussia

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