publication . Other literature type . Article . 2014

Functional feeding groups of aquatic insect families in Latin America: a critical analysis and review of existing literature

Ramírez, Alonso; Gutiérrez-Fonseca, Pablo E;
  • Published: 01 Apr 2014
  • Publisher: Universidad de Costa Rica
Abstract
Aquatic macroinvertebrates are involved in numerous processes within aquatic ecosystems. They often have important effects on ecosystem processes such as primary production (via grazing), detritus breakdown, and nutrient mineralization and downstream spiraling. The functional feeding groups (FFG) classification was developed as a tool to facilitate the incorporation of macroinvertebrates in studies of aquatic ecosystems. This classification has the advantage of combining morphological characteristics (e.g., mouth part specialization) and behavioral mechanisms (e.g., way of feeding) used by macroinvertebrates when consuming resources. Although recent efforts have...
Subjects
free text keywords: food habits, FFG, trophic guilds, trophic structure, tropical streams., Trophic level, Aquatic ecosystem, Invertebrate, Ecology, Aquatic insect, Ecosystem, Botany, Detritus, Nutrient, Predation, Biology, tropical streams, Biology (General), QH301-705.5
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publication . Other literature type . Article . 2014

Functional feeding groups of aquatic insect families in Latin America: a critical analysis and review of existing literature

Ramírez, Alonso; Gutiérrez-Fonseca, Pablo E;