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Title: Biomass estimation of Triplectides egleri Sattler (Trichoptera, Leptoceridae) in a stream at Ducke Reserve, Central Amazonia
Authors: Brito, Janaína Gomes de
Martins, Renato Tavares
Soares, Kleicy Maciel
Hamada, Neusa
Issue Date: 2015
metadata.dc.publisher.journal: Revista Brasileira de Entomologia
metadata.dc.relation.ispartof: Volume 59, Número 4, Pags. 332-336
Abstract: Biomass is a fundamental measure for understanding the structure and functioning (e.g. fluxes of energy and nutrients in the food chain) of aquatic ecosystems. We aim to provide predictive models to estimate the biomass of Triplectides egleri Sattler, 1963, in a stream in Central Amazonia, based on body and case dimensions. We used body length, head-capsule width, interocular distance and case length and width to derive biomass estimations. Linear, exponential and power regression models were used to assess the relationship between biomass and body or case dimensions. All regression models used in the biomass estimation of T. egleri were significant. The best fit between biomass and body or case dimensions was obtained using the power model, followed by the exponential and linear models. Body length provided the best estimate of biomass. However, the dimensions of sclerotized structures (interocular distance and head-capsule width) also provided good biomass predictions, and may be useful in estimating biomass of preserved and/or damaged material. Case width was the dimension of the case that provided the best estimate of biomass. Despite the low relation, case width may be useful in studies that require low stress on individuals. © 2015 Sociedade Brasileira de Entomologia.
metadata.dc.identifier.doi: 10.1016/j.rbe.2015.09.003
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