Migration of Aquatic Invertebrates

  • L. W. G. Higler
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Aquatic invertebrates are dependent on dispersion and migration for sustainable populations. Especially in running waters, these processes play a dominant role. Ephemeral water bodies have probably triggered dispersion phenomena in the evolutionary past. The life cycles of aquatic insects in particular show that dispersion and migration are essential elements for survival. The river Rhine case shows that recolonization of the main stream is only possible if the species still live in tributaries within the Rhine discharge area and, moreover, that introduction from other discharge areas (Ponto-Caspian species) is extraordinarily successful if natural predators and parasites are absent.


Aquatic Insect Aquatic Invertebrate Flight Distance Upstream Movement Downstream Movement 
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  • L. W. G. Higler
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  1. 1.Wageningen UR, ALTERRAWageningenThe Netherlands

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