Rotifer communities of billabongs in northern and south-eastern Australia

  • R. J. Shiel
  • W. Koste
Conference paper
Part of the Developments in Hydrobiology book series (DIHY, volume 14)


Diversity and equitability of rotifer communities from billabongs (oxbows or cut-off meanders) in northern and southeastern Australia are compared. In both areas littoral taxa predominated in open water. Diversity values (Shannon-Wiener, H’) were higher than recorded for tropical assemblages elsewhere. Up to 80 rotifer species co-occurred in Northern Territory billabongs. Brachionids notably were absent; there was an apparent displacement of tropical assemblages into temperate Australia.


rotifers diversity Australia tropical community 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. J. Shiel
    • 1
  • W. Koste
  1. 1.Department of BiologyUniversity of WaterlooWaterlooCanada

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