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Title:Factors Influencing the Functional Roles of Crayfish in Stream Ecosystems
Author(s):Hoekstra, Jon David
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Daniel A. Soluk
Department / Program:Ecology, Ethology, and Evolution
Discipline:Ecology, Ethology, and Evolution
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Biology, Zoology
Abstract:Results supported an important role for juvenile crayfish in both systems. At Jordan Creek, juveniles were >10 times more abundant than adults during summer and likely accounted for the majority of crayfish effects in the stream. At Shivering Sands Creek, small crayfish greatly reduced the abundance of many invertebrate taxa and also accelerated leaf litter breakdown rates within enclosures. In times and places where they are abundant, juvenile crayfish may strongly modify ecosystem processes and benthic invertebrate assemblages in streams.
Issue Date:2004
Description:137 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2004.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3130935
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-28
Date Deposited:2004

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