|Title||Variation in diatom community structure among habitats in sandy streams|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||1989|
|Authors||R. Stevenson J, Hashim S|
|Journal||Journal of Phycology|
Community structure of benthic diatoms in two sandy streams was studied for two summers to assess differences in abundances and species composition among habitats and between years and streams. The greatest differences in abundances (cells/cm2) were lower abundances on rocks than on sand, whether the sand was clean or covered with flocculent organic material. Relatively little variation in abundances occurred between years and streams. Species composition of diatom communities varied more among habitats and between streams than from year to year. Species composition was most unique in floc-covered sand when communities in clean and floc-covered sand, rock, plant, and plankton were compared. Diatom species composition in these sandy streams was most similar on sand and rocks.