A multimetric index using macroinvertebrate data collected with artificial substrates

Michael H Paller, Winona L. Specht

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Abstract

We developed a multimetric index for macroinvertebrate data collected with multi-plate artificial substrates and employed it to assess the ecological health of several first through third order degraded/stressed streams on the upper South Carolina coastal plain. The multimetric index incorporated three classes of metrics: community structure (total taxa richness and number of Ephemeroptera, Plecoptera, and Trichoptera taxa), community balance (% Tanytarsinsi, % Ephemeroptera, % Trichoptera, and a taxonomic similarity index), and community function (total density and a functional group similarity index). Scores for each metric were based on comparisons with undisturbed streams. The index accurately separated both chemically polluted and physically degraded streams-from undisturbed streams and accurately depicted the temporal recovery of two streams that formerly received heated water.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)367-378
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Freshwater Ecology
Volume12
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1997

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A multimetric index using macroinvertebrate data collected with artificial substrates. / Paller, Michael H; Specht, Winona L.

In: Journal of Freshwater Ecology, Vol. 12, No. 3, 01.01.1997, p. 367-378.

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Paller, Michael H ; Specht, Winona L. / A multimetric index using macroinvertebrate data collected with artificial substrates. In: Journal of Freshwater Ecology. 1997 ; Vol. 12, No. 3. pp. 367-378.
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