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Life sciences : Environmental sciences & ecology
Long-term trends in trait structure of riverine communities facing predation risk increase and trophic resource decline
Latli, Adrien [Université de Namur - UNamur > > > >]
Descy, Jean-Pierre [Université de Namur - UNamur > > > >]
Mondy, Cédric P []
Floury, Mathieu [Irstea > > > >]
Viroux, Laurent [Université de Namur - UNamur > > > >]
Otjacques, William [Université de Namur - UNamur > > > >]
Marescaux, Jonathan [Université de Namur - UNamur > > > >]
Depiereux, Eric [Université de Namur - UNamur > > > >]
Ovidio, Michaël mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Département de Biologie, Ecologie et Evolution > Laboratoire de Démographie des poissons et hydroécologie >]
Usseglio-Polatea, Philippe [Université de Loraine > > > >]
Kestemont, Patrick [Université de Namur - UNamur > > > >]
Ecological Applications
Ecological Society of America
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[en] Riverines communities ; Long-term trend ; predation risk ; trophic resource
[en] Many large European rivers have undergone multiple pressures which have strongly impaired ecosystem functioning at different spatial and temporal scales. Global warming and other environmental changes have favoured the success of invasive species, deeply modifying the structure of aquatic communities in large rivers. Some exogenous species could alter trophic interactions within assemblages by increasing the predation risk for potential prey species (top-down effect) and limiting the dynamics of others via resource availability limitation (bottom-up effect). Furthermore, large transboundary rivers are complex aquatic ecosystems which have often been poorly investigated so that data for assessing long-term ecological trends are missing. In this study, we propose an original approach for investigating long-term combined effects of global warming, trophic resource decrease, predation risk and water quality variations on the trait-based structure of macroinvertebrate and fish assemblages over 26 years (1985-2011) and 427-km stretch of the river Meuse (France and Belgium). The study of temporal variations in biological, physiological and ecological traits of macroinvertebrate and fish allowed identifying community trends and distinguishing impacts of environmental perturbations from those induced by biological alterations. We provide evidence, for this large European river, of an increase in water temperature (close to 1°C) and a decrease in phytoplankton biomass (- 85%), as well as independent effects of these changes on both invertebrate and fish communities. The reduction of trophic resources in the water column by invasive molluscs has dramatically affected the density of omnivorous fish in favour of invertebrate-feeders, while scrapers became the major feeding guild among invertebrates. Macroinvertebrate and fish communities have shifted from large-sized organisms with low fecundity to prolific, small-sized organisms, with early maturity, as a response to increased predation pressure.
Applied and Fundamental FISH Research Center - AFFISH-RC ; Freshwater and OCeanic science Unit of reSearch - FOCUS
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