Rotifers in Heated Konin Lakes—A Review of Long-Term Observations

Jolanta Ejsmont-Karabin, Andrzej Hutorowicz, Andrzej Kapusta, Konrad Stawecki, Jacek Tunowski, Bogusław Zdanowski
2020 Water  
The Konin lakes, heated by power stations and invaded by alien organisms, are a natural laboratory in which we can study the impact of climate change on the native communities of aquatic organisms. The aim of our study was to assess the impact of water heating and the occupation of the littoral zone of the lake by invasive species Vallisneria spiralis on changes in the species structure of rotifer communities of plankton, epiphyton and psammon. The archival material was used from the years:
more » ... –1975, 1978 and 1983, and compared with the results of studies conducted in Licheń and Ślesin Lakes in the years 2010–2011 and 2017–2018. It has been shown that the heating of waters of the studied lakes, combined with the shortening of their retention time, as well as the invasions of alien species, have caused significant changes in the taxonomic and trophic structure of plankton rotifers. In inhabiting Vallisneria bed epiphytic rotifer communities, the share of alien species did not increase, but relatively high densities of uncommon sessile species still persist. Psammon communities in the lakes are dominated by monogonont species relatively common in this habitat in nonheated lakes, but they are nearly devoid of bdelloids, which are abundant in psammon of Masurian lakes.
doi:10.3390/w12061660 fatcat:wazx4menyjfireidotkvt3i7xa