Diversity and distribution of polyphagan water beetles (Coleoptera) in the Lake St Lucia system, South Africa

  title={Diversity and distribution of polyphagan water beetles (Coleoptera) in the Lake St Lucia system, South Africa},
  author={Matthew S. Bird and David T. Bilton and Renzo Perissinotto},
  pages={51 - 84}
Abstract Water beetles belonging to the suborder Polyphaga vary greatly in larval and adult ecologies, and fulfil important functional roles in shallow-water ecosystems by processing plant material, scavenging and through predation. This study investigates the species richness and composition of aquatic polyphagan assemblages in and around the St Lucia estuarine lake (South Africa), within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A total of 32 sites were sampled over three… 
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