Rotifer Species in Shantou, China

Rotifers, small but essential invertebrates in aquatic ecosystems, are sensitive to environmental changes and are proposed to be indicators of trophic state. Our results indicated that hydrological heterogeneity is the macro-factor that regulates rotifer community structures in the Shantou City area.
      It is necessary to combine the rotifer community structure and the Carlson’s trophic state index in water quality assessment. Rotifer abundance alone failed compare the trophic status with different water bodies because of the effects of hydrological conditions. It is more efficient to use rotifer composition, including B/T, KIN and TSIROT indices in water quality assessment when comparing different water bodies.
Rotifer species in Shantou, China
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