Impacts on freshwater macrophytes produced by small invertebrate herbivores: Afrotropical and Neotropical wetlands compared

@article{Franceschini2020ImpactsOF,
  title={Impacts on freshwater macrophytes produced by small invertebrate herbivores: Afrotropical and Neotropical wetlands compared},
  author={M. Celeste Franceschini and Kevin Murphy and Isabel Eleanor Moore and Michael P. Kennedy and Fedra Solange Mart{\'i}nez and Frank Willems and Mar{\'i}a Laura de Wysiecki and Henry Mweempwa Sichingabula},
  journal={Hydrobiologia},
  year={2020},
  pages={1 - 20}
}
We compare invertebrate herbivory upon 13 macrophyte species in freshwater wetland systems located in two global ecozones, the Afrotropics and Neotropics, in the context of biotic and environmental factors influencing these wetlands. The two ecozones are climatically similar regions, with similar water chemistry, but experience contrasting grazing and disturbance pressures from large mammalian herbivores. Our results for macrophytes show that small invertebrates removed significantly more… 
3 Citations
Ecosystem services provided by freshwater macrophytes
  • S. Thomaz
  • Environmental Science
    Hydrobiologia
  • 2021
Seeökosysteme V: Synökologie (Teil 1)
  • W. Geller, M. Hupfer
  • Handbuch Angewandte Limnologie: Grundlagen ‐ Gewässerbelastung ‐ Restaurierung ‐ Aquatische Ökotoxikologie ‐ Bewertung ‐ Gewässerschutz
  • 2021

References

SHOWING 1-10 OF 94 REFERENCES
Herbivory of invertebrates on submerged macrophytes from Danish freshwaters
TLDR
Although the mean defoliation percentages were low during the period of maximum macrophyte biomass, they were not systematically lower than encountered for terrestrial plants.
Impact of invertebrates on three aquatic macrophytes: American pondweed, Illinois pondweed, and Mexican water lily
TLDR
Invertebrate herbivory, once thought to be insignificant to aquatic macrophytes, was shown to cause substantial biomass reductions in two of the three plant species studied.
Herbivory and Detritivory on Freshwater Macrophytes by Invertebrates: A Review
  • R. Newman
  • Environmental Science
    Journal of the North American Benthological Society
  • 1991
TLDR
More mechanistic studies are needed of aquatic herbivores, herbivore damage to plants, and the secondary chemistry of aquatic plants to more clearly ascertain the importance of aquatic macrophytes as food and their interrelations with aquatic invertebrates.
Assessing the role of large herbivores in the structuring and functioning of freshwater and marine angiosperm ecosystems
TLDR
Large aquatic herbivores have strong impacts on associated species and can be critical ecosystem engineers of aquatic systems, with the ability to modify direct and indirect functional pathways in ecosystems.
Impact of Herbivory on Plant Standing Crop: Comparisons Among Biomes, Between Vascular and Nonvascular Plants, and Among Freshwater Herbivore Taxa
TLDR
For decades the paradigm in limnology has been that live freshwater macrophytes are too tough for the mouthparts of aquatic herbivores, are of low nutritional quality, and are rarely consumed by herbivore.
Global diversity of aquatic macrophytes in freshwater
TLDR
This analysis of the numbers and distribution of vascular macrophytes showed that whilst many species have broad ranges, species diversity is highest in the Neotropics, intermediate in the Oriental, Nearctic and Afrotropics, lower in the Palearctic and Australasia, lower again in the Pacific Oceanic Islands, and lowest in the Antarctic region.
Insect herbivory on native and exotic aquatic plants: phosphorus and nitrogen drive insect growth and nutrient release
TLDR
Larval feeding of an aquatic insect, the moth Parapoynx stratiotata, showed strong feeding preferences demonstrating that aquatic insects can directly and indirectly alter water quality and vegetation composition.
...
...