Qualitative characterization of aquatic environments using diatom life-form strategies

TitleQualitative characterization of aquatic environments using diatom life-form strategies
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1981
AuthorsKuhn DL, Plafkin JL, Jr. JCairns, Lowe RL
JournalTransactions of the American Microscopical Society
Volume100
Issue2
Pagination165-182
KeywordsSUCCESSION
Abstract

Diatom associations collected from polyurethance foam (PF) substrates were surveyed through time along a nutrient enrichment gradient in Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia. A qualitative model is proposed which emphasizes the adaptive characteristics, or life-form strategies, of the most abundant diatoms in an association and relates them to generalized environmental conditions. The model provides a framework for readily describing complex habitat variations within the lake and supplies a means of interpreting successional changes occurring on the substrates.