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Metacommunity Concepts Provide New Insights in Explaining Zooplankton Spatial Patterns within Large Floodplain Systems

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School of Geography, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing 210023, China
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School of Environmental, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing 210023, China
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Key Laboratory of Geographic Information Science (Ministry of Education), School of Geographic Sciences, East China Normal University, Shanghai 200241, China
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Academic Editors: Wenqing Shi, Ming Kong and Yongqiang Zhou
Water 2022, 14(1), 93; https://doi.org/10.3390/w14010093
Received: 13 November 2021 / Revised: 27 December 2021 / Accepted: 29 December 2021 / Published: 4 January 2022
Flood pulse related physical variables (FLOOD) can affect zooplankton community structure through local factors directly and can also influence through regional dispersal factors of metacommunity concepts indirectly. Therefore, we infer that spatial patterns of zooplankton communities could be related to metacommunity concepts and their importance may depend on the size of the aquatic/terrestrial transition zone (ATTZ). Herein, we explored the relative importance of limnological (LIMNO) and FLOOD variables in zooplankton community by analyzing data from 272 sites across three floodplain lakes in the middle reaches of the Yangtze River. Our results showed that the variation in the zooplankton community can be well explained by the LIMNO and FLOOD variables in all of the lakes under the low water level season. However, during the high water level season, neither LIMNO nor FLOOD can explain the spatial variances of zooplankton. Therefore, our results indicated that testing biogeographical theories and macroecological laws using zooplankton should consider temporal aspects of flood pulse. Furthermore, we noted that the number of explained variance by local variables is negatively correlated with the size of the ATTZ. Metacommunity concepts provide complementary insights in explaining zooplankton spatial patterns within large floodplain systems, which also provide a theoretical basis for ATTZ protection in floodplain management. View Full-Text
Keywords: habitat heterogeneity; biotic homogenization; niche theory; neutral theory; lateral complexity habitat heterogeneity; biotic homogenization; niche theory; neutral theory; lateral complexity
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Liu, B.; Zhou, C.; Zheng, L.; Duan, H.; Chen, Y.; Wang, G. Metacommunity Concepts Provide New Insights in Explaining Zooplankton Spatial Patterns within Large Floodplain Systems. Water 2022, 14, 93. https://doi.org/10.3390/w14010093

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Liu B, Zhou C, Zheng L, Duan H, Chen Y, Wang G. Metacommunity Concepts Provide New Insights in Explaining Zooplankton Spatial Patterns within Large Floodplain Systems. Water. 2022; 14(1):93. https://doi.org/10.3390/w14010093

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Liu, Baogui, Chuanqiao Zhou, Lilin Zheng, Haixin Duan, Ying Chen, and Guoxiang Wang. 2022. "Metacommunity Concepts Provide New Insights in Explaining Zooplankton Spatial Patterns within Large Floodplain Systems" Water 14, no. 1: 93. https://doi.org/10.3390/w14010093

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