Effects of forest disturbances on aquatic insect assemblages
Version of Record online: 23 FEB 2012
© 2012 The Entomological Society of Japan
Volume 15, Issue 2, pages 145–154, April 2012
How to Cite
YOSHIMURA, M. (2012), Effects of forest disturbances on aquatic insect assemblages. Entomological Science, 15: 145–154. doi: 10.1111/j.1479-8298.2011.00511.x
- Issue online: 28 MAR 2012
- Version of Record online: 23 FEB 2012
- Received 13 October 2011; accepted 15 December 2011.
- catchment size;
- forest type;
- land use;
- tributary stream
Natural and human-made disasters such as floods and logging occur in and around rivers. Stream-dwelling aquatic insects respond to these disturbances in various ways. Primary consumers among them rely greatly on algae and leaf litter from riparian vegetation as food. Therefore, once a disturbance such as a flood has occurred, insects may find it difficult to find food in a stream, and the aquatic insect assemblage can be impacted greatly as a result. Disturbances in riparian areas also increase fine sediment loads into streams, damaging habitat and altering the aquatic insect assemblage. Deforestation impacts not only terrestrial but also aquatic animals. In this review paper, aquatic insect assemblages are assessed according to alterations in land use in and around streams. Following this paper, it is expected that clarification of aquatic insect fauna and their life cycles will progress and that the distribution and habitat use of aquatic insects will be afforded greater attention in forest management.