REPS Invertebrate Taxonomy (Rock Baskets)

As long-lived, ubiquitous aquatic consumers of both primary producers and other invertebrates, macroinvertebrates are a useful indicator of health in aquatic systems. Benthic invertebrate monitoring of tributaries of the Athabasca River provides a seasonal benchmark for the composition of invertebrate communities over the open water season of 2012 (May, June, July, August, September, October) and 2013 (August, September) that can be compared to other invertebrate sampling methods to compare efficacy. Invertebrates were sampled over month-long periods in which rock baskets were submerged in the stream and invertebrates were collected on artificial substrates (distinct from the artificial substrates in the sediment traps). In this data set, communities are identified to the taxonomic resolution of genus/species

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Field Value
Alternate Title/Name
Creator OSM Representative Sub-basin Study (REPS)
Contributor University of Calgary
Publisher University of Calgary
Subject Aquatic Biology
Group/Subgroup Benthic Organisms
Data Type Discrete
Frequency Open water season monthly
Temporal Coverage Begins
Temporal Coverage Ends
Spatial Coverage
Spatial Projection
Usage Considerations or Constraints Identified to family by Jack Zloty.
Relation REPS Invertebrate Taxonomy (Rock Baskets) are gathered in rock basket apparatus alongside REPS Nutrient Limitations on Periphyton Experiment and the artificial substrate protion of the REPS Periphyton Productivity & Method Comparison
Format xlsx
Resouce Type Spreadsheet
Language English
OSM Asset? Y
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