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Knowl. Manag. Aquat. Ecosyst.
Number 422, 2021
Article Number 35
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Published online 28 October 2021

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1 Introduction

Habitat fragmentation due to land use and climate change has been affecting macroinvertebrate community structure and functional characteristics of stream ecosystems in northern Africa (Bonada et al., 2007). The preservation and improvement of the quality of these aquatic environments have therefore become major issues, and necessarily require an understanding of the ecological functioning of these systems. Since biodiversity of aquatic ecosystems is related to environmental conditions and water quality, studying the distribution and variability of organisms that live in these environments is useful for understanding ecosystem functioning. Up until now, north African streams (known in north Africa as wadi) have been scantily studied; particularly their ecological aspects are scarcely known (e.g., Lounaci et al., 2000; Chaib et al., 2011).

Chironomids (Diptera, Chironomidae) inhabit all fresh water habitats due to their wide ecological valency (Armitage et al., 1995). Their extraordinary ecological range as a family and their environmental sensitivity at the species level make them useful for assessing and interpreting changes of aquatic ecosystems (Bhattacharya et al., 2006). Knowledge of the Chironomidae of north African streams tends to be neglected in most ecological studies, probably due to their taxonomic complexity (Bazzanti et al., 2008). Over the past decades, knowledge concerning the Chironomidae has gradually developed in Morocco (Kettani and Moubayed, 2018), Tunisia (Boulaaba et al., 2014) and Algeria (Chaib et al., 2011, 2013). Most of these works were mainly devoted to the distribution of Chironomids, but few concerned their ecology.

This paper presents an ecological study on Chironomidae inhabiting Seybouse and El Kebir-west wadis. The study aimed (i) to assess the taxonomic composition, distribution and diversity of Chironomidae in two Mediterranean streams, (ii) to detect the main factors that control the distribution patterns of communities at study sites, and (iii) to determine the key indicator taxa for river continuum gradient of natural and anthropogenic factors.

2 Study area

The study was carried out in the Kebir and Seybouse wadis located in north-eastern Algeria (Fig. 1). El Kebir wadi results from the junction of two rivers (Rhumel and Enndja wadis), and flows into the Mediterranean Sea in Sidi Abdealziz. Its length is 60 km. The Seybouse wadi is about 225 km long and originates from the junction of the Cherf and Bouhamdane wadis and discharge into the Mediterranean Sea in Annaba.

The climate of the Seybouse and El Kebir-west catchments is typically Mediterranean. Rainy periods begin in October and generally last until late April. During the dry season, the stream sectors dry into temporarily disconnected pools. The climatological data of the study regions were communicated by the Office Nationale de la Météorologie (O.N.M.) (2017) of Dar El Beida.

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Location of the study area and sampling sites along the main course of Seybouse and El Kebir wadis (north-eastern Algeria).

3 Materials and methods

3.1 Field investigation

A total of 19 sites were sampled monthly at El Kebir-west and Seybouse wadis between July 2016 and July 2017: 110 samples from the Kebir wadi at ten sites (K1-K10) and 99 samples from the Seybouse wadi at nine sites (S1-S9).

The geographical coordinates of the sampling sites were determined with a geographical positioning system (GPS): latitude, longitude, and altitude (m). The following environmental variables were measured in situ for each sampling site using a HANNA multi-parameter probe: water temperature: T (°C), potential hydrogen (pH), salinity (P.S.U), electrical conductivity: EC (µS /cm) and dissolved oxygen: DO (mg/l). The measurement of calcium (mg/l), magnesium (mg/l), chloride (mg/l), nitrite (mg/l), nitrate (mg/l) and suspended matter (mg/l), were performed in a laboratory. Several environmental variables were visually estimated: riparian vegetation and aquatic vegetation (as a qualitative classification 0-3 where 0 is no vegetation and 3 is the study site covered fully by vegetation), mud, sand, gravel, pebbles, rocks, water pumping/agriculture, urban wastes, and angling activity (in presence-absence scale 0–1), minimum and maximum temperature of the region: Tmin and Tmax respectively (°C), and precipitation (mm) of the region.

Chironomidae larvae were collected with the other macroinvertebrate taxa at the 19 sampling sites from different substrates, using a Surber net (60 cm width, 250 μm mesh) (Surber, 1937), and were preserved in 10% formaldehyde solution. Once sorted, they were transferred to 70% ethyl alcohol for final conservation in the laboratory.

3.2 Laboratory processing

In the laboratory, all material was mounted on permanent slides, under a binocular magnifying glass and using fine forceps, we separated the cephalic capsules from the rest of the body and placed them between slide and coverslip using Dimethyl Hydanto in Formaldehyde (this support allows to mount specimens directly from 70% ethanol without dehydration) (Brooks et al., 2007). The specimens were deposited in a collection in the Dynamics and Biodiversity Laboratory of the USTHB (Algiers, Algeria).

The identification of the larvae was done at least to the genus level, using the keys described by Cranston (1982), Rossaro (1982), Ferrarese (1983), Nocentini (1985), Klink and Moller Pillot (2003), Brooks et al. (2007), and Andersen et al. (2013). The ecological preferences of collected taxa were mainly based on the works of Vallenduuk and Moller Pillot (2007) for Tanypodinae, Brooks et al. (2007) for Tanytarsini, Moller Pillot (2009a, 2009b) for Chironomini, Moller Pillot (2013) for Orhtocladiinae.

3.3 Statistical analyses

The Detrended Correspondence Analysis (DCA) was performed on square-root transformed biological data with detrending by segments and down-weighting rare species to recognise their distribution (linear vs. unimodal). Because the performed DCA revealed long biological data gradients (4.276 on Ax 1 and 4.465 on Ax 2 [SD units]), Canonical Correspondence Analysis (CCA) was selected to compare environmental and biota variable patterns. Due to autocorrelation, O2% was excluded from the CCA. The CCA was performed on square-root transformed data with down-weighting rare taxa, biplot scaling and inter-species distance. The significance of environmental variables relating to the biota was tested with the Monte Carlo permutation with automatic selection and permutation under full model.

The two streams were divided according to the communities' composition into sections using the CONstrained Incremental Sum-of-Squares agglomerative clustering (CONISS) analysis. To identify taxa characteristics for sections, the Similarity Percentages (SIMPER) analysis was performed on square-root transformed data with Bray-Curtis similarity and cut off at 90.00% for low contributions. The mean Shannon-Wiener Index (H' (loge)) and Pielou's evenness (J') were calculated for each section of K and S streams. Significance of differences between the sections' mean H' (loge) and J' was tested with Leven's test. The environmental variables that influence sections-combined communities were identified using the Canonical Variate Analysis (CVA) performed with inter-species distance and biplot scaling from a matrix of environmental variables versus species/samples data grouped using CONISS stream sections representing communities from all sections. The significance of environmental variables relating to the sections-combined communities were tested with the Monte Carlo permutation with automatic selection and permutation under full model.

Statistical analyses were carried out using Past, PRIMER 6, Canoco 4.5 and STATISTICA software (Hammer et al., 2001; Clark and Gorley 2001; ter Braak and Šmilauer, 2002; StatSoft Inc., 2015).

4 Results

4.1 Spatial community pattern and its environmental drivers

Although the CONISS (Appendix III, see Supplementary Material) has divided streams into sections having distinct communities, it indicates a river continuum pattern typical of the two streams. According to Chironomidae community composition, the Kebir-west wadi may be divided into five sections: upper (U = K1-2), middle sections (M1, M2, M3 = K3, K4-6 and K7-8 respectively), and lower (L = K9-10). The Seybouse wadi reveals a similar pattern (U − S1, M1–S2-3, M2–S4-6, M3–S7 and L − S8-9). The SIMPER analysis distinguishes taxa characteristics for each stream section (Appendix II, see Supplementary material). El Kebir wadi reveals weak taxonomic zonation. Cricotopus bicinctus-type Meigen, Cricotopus annulator Goetghebuer, Rheocricotopus chalybeatus-type Edwards and Chironomus riparius-type Meigen play a dominant role in nearly every section. The Seybouse wadi reveals very clear taxonomic zonation. In Seybouse sections U and M1, Rheocricotopus chalybeatus-type Edwards and Eukiefferiella tirolensis-type Goetghebuer dominate. In section M2, Cricotopus species dominates. In section M3, the dominant taxa are Chironomini − Chironomus plumosus linnaeus and Polypedilum nubeculosum Meigen. The lower (L) section is dominated by Dicrotendipes nervosus-type Stäger, Rheocricotopus chalybeatus-type Edwards and Tanytarsus sp Van der Wulp. The values of the H' (loge) and J' indices do not differ statistically between the sections in El Kebir-west wadi. The same is true for the Seybouse wadi (Fig. 2).

The Chironomid communities zonation has its environmental implications (Fig. 3). The CVA K Axis 1 explains 25% of species data variance and 28.3% of species-environment relation variance. The CVA K Axis 2 explains 13.3% of species data variance and 15.1% of species-environment relation variance. There are nine significant factors influencing the sections' communities. Altitude, rocks and angling activities are positively correlated, while water pumping/agriculture and sand are negatively correlated with Ax1. Gravel and riparian vegetation are positively correlated, whereas mud and pH are negatively correlated with Ax2. The upland sections U and M1 have coarse bottom substrates and they are often used for angling activities. The stream's environmental conditions sharply differ from M2 to L sections. These sections are located in the lowland stream stretch and have a sandy bottom substrate. Section M2 differs from all the others, as it has less mud in the bottom substrate, lower pH, dense riparian bank vegetation and more gravel, especially from the lower M3-L sections. The CVA S Axis 1 explains 25% of species data variance and 35% of species-environment relation variance. The CVA S Axis 2 explains 14.2% of species data variance and 20% of species-environment relation variance. There are only six significant factors influencing the communities in the sections. Altitude, gravel, dissolved oxygen and aquatic vegetation are positively correlated with Ax1. Urban waste is positively correlated, whereas pH is negatively correlated with Ax2. The upper elevated sections U and M1 reveal higher oxygen concentration, more gravel and aquatic vegetation than the lowland sections M3 and L. Middle section M2 differs from all the others, as it has more urban waste and lower pH.

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Box plots of Shannon index (H') and Pielou index (E) in each section of Seybouse and El Kebir-west wadis.

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Results of CVA analysis for the Kebir-west (K) and the Seybouse (S) wadis. Red arrows indicate factors correlated with Ax1, blue arrows indicate factors correlated with Ax 2. Axis 1 is horizontal and Axis 2 vertical.

4.2 Habitat complexity and taxa distribution

The CCA Axis 1 explains 5% of species data variance and 17.7% of species-environment relation variance. The Axis 2 explains 4.3% of species data variance and 15.2% of species-environment relation variance. There are 17 significant factors influencing sample communities (Fig. 4). Water pumping/agriculture, gravel and rocks are positively correlated, while conductivity and suspended matter are negatively correlated with Ax1. Urban waste and mud are positively correlated, whereas angling activities, sand and aquatic vegetation are negatively correlated with Ax2. The other significant variables are not correlated with the Axis 1 and 2 and are not illustrated. They are: dissolved oxygen, nitrates, water temperature, pebbles, riparian vegetation, T min, altitude. The taxa typical of middle and upper middle sites S5 and K3, such as Chironomus spp. Meigen, Rheocricotopus effusus-type Walker, Polypedilum convictum Walker, Orthocladius spp., Cricotopus tricinctus-type Meigen and Cricotopus festivellus Kieffer prefer urban waste to aquatic vegetation and mud to sand bottom substrates. Opposite conditions appear at many sites from the uppermost S1 through the middle K5 and K6 to the lower K8, K9 and K10. These conditions are favourable for such Chironominae as Glyptotendipes barbipes-type Staeger, Dicrotendipes nervosus-type Stäger, Polypedilum, Cryptochironomus sp. Kieffer, Tanytarsus sp. Van der Wulp, Micropsectra sp. Kieffer, Paratanytarsus tenuis Meigen but also for Tanypodinae, i.e., Ablabesmyia longistyla Fittkau, Procladius (holotanypus) Skuse, Tanypus sp. Upper and middle sites K1, K2, K4 and S2, S3, S4, S6 are inhabited by taxa preferring more turbulent water where there are rocks on the bottom, many shingles, but also water pumping infrastructure. Those are Eukiefferiella sp1-type Thienemann, Cricotopus annulator Goetghebuer, Phaenopsectra sp. Kieffer and Polypedilum nubifer-type Skuse. Opposite conditions, where there are more suspensions in the water and higher conductivity, appear in the stream's lower sections K10 and S7, S9. There, Cricotopus ornatus Meigen and Cricotopus intersectus-type Stæger, Parametriocnemus sp. Goetghebuer and Paraphaenocladius sp. Thienemann, Stictochironomus rosenschoeldi-type and Microtendipes pedellus-type De Geer dominate. Intermediate conditions between these four main types appear mainly at K7. The ubiquistic taxa are Prodiamesa olivacea Meigen and Nanocladius branchicolus-type.

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CCA biplot of samples and environmental variables based on Chironomid assemblages (51 taxa) from the Seybouse and El Kebir-west wadis, north-eastern Algeria. Axis 1 is horizontal and Axis 2 vertical.

5 Discussion

5.1 Environmental streams zonation

It may seem that CCA analysis explains very low faunal variability, however 5% and 4.3% explaining species data variance for Ax 1 and Ax 2 respectively are not surprising values considering the size of the dataset. As there are 209 samples, 51 biotic and 27 abiotic variables included in CCA, the structure of the dataset is very complicated. That is why CCA conducted for the whole dataset must have low values of explained variance. The same CVA conducted for a simplified dataset containing 27 environmental variables but only 5 biotic variables for each stream (combined to whole river continuum community sections presence/absence U, M1, M2, M3, L) reveals much higher species data variance (CVA K Axis 1 25% and CVA S Axis 1 25%; CVA K Axis 2 13.3%, CVA S Axis 2 14.2%) just because the structure of the data is much more simple. Nonetheless, CVA cannot replace CCA because CVA is only relevant for river sections' communities but CCA gives detailed relation of all 51 species in all 209 samples to all 27 environmental variables.

The CCA and CVA arranged the investigated communities along two environmental gradients. An upstream/downstream gradient is apparent along Ax 1 of CCA and CVA Ax 1 for S and K streams. Axis 2 of CCA and CVA (S) shows mainly pollution gradients. The significant variables determine the following typology of the sites studied:

  • Sites located in the upper part of the two wadis (S: U, M1) are characterised by dominant rocky bottom substrate, steep slopes and high water velocity, which makes the water well-oxygenated, less turbid and containing low levels of phosphorus and nitrogen. Altitude is therefore a relevant factor that influences environmental stream zonation performed by CVA, though it does not act as a simple factor but instead combines other variables. With altitude, temperature decreases, while oxygenation increases. This causes more erosion and hinders anthropogenic activities. Boulaaba et al. (2014, 2021) indicate that altitude is one of primary factors that determine the composition of midge communities in Tunisia. The coarse substratum and vegetation explain the dominance of Eukiefferiella tirolensis Goetghebuer in upper sections of S stream (SIMPER analysis). According to Cranston et al. (1983), Eukiefferiella larvae are usually found in running water and prefer gravel and stony substrates.

  • The remaining sites of S (M2, M3, and L) are situated in the middle and lower sections. M3 and L are characterised by a fine substrate and a more or less pronounced mineralisation linked to land use (agriculture) and probably to the geological nature of the land crossed by the waterways. Selvanayagam and Abril (2016) have proven that the geology of watersheds has a huge effect on the chemical composition of water. In the region studied, the ionic composition of the water is strongly influenced by the leaching of agricultural land along the watershed. Increased mineralisation in the downstream sites is linked to an increase in irrigated areas and grazing land. The mineralisation of water in this study involves several forms of pollution: domestic and industrial wastewater discharges (Seybouse wadi), as well as nutrient enrichment by agricultural activities (El Kebir-west wadi). The downstream sites are characterised by low flow water and are very close to the sea, which explains the high levels of salinity and suspended matter. Materials of organic origin are mostly linked to the decomposition of plants (case of S9 and S7 sites). In estuarine sections (K10), the aquatic biota such as plankton born CPOM can constitute suspended material with particular properties (Germain, 2013).

  • Slow flow generates weak oxygenation of the water. These sites shelter species that can tolerate the above-mentioned conditions. These species include: Chironomus spp., which are scarce on stones without mud (Brodersen et al., 1998), and Polypedilum, which is found in a wide range of habitats. It should be noted that Rheocricotopus chalybeatus-type Edwards was recorded throughout the sites of U, M1 and L sections in large numbers. Larvae of this species are shredders found in high numbers in the bottom leaf litter. Cricotopus spp. larvae represent the stations in section M2, which are clearly polluted. In fact, it is important to note the significant abundance and frequency of these species in this region. It is also very widely distributed in the temporary pools of eastern Numidia (Zerguine et al., 2009). Nevertheless, the absence of C. sylvestris-type Fabricius from Moubayed's studies in Djurdjura streams is surprising but can be explained by the fact that these species are dependent on temperate stagnant environments.

Regarding EL Kebir-west wadi, the conducted CVA (El Kebir) has revealed the existence of a longitudinal granulometric gradient that separates the coarse substrate sites from the fine substrate sites. The SIMPER analysis has shown a very weak taxonomic zonation. This may be due to the homogeneity of the chemical composition of the water resulting from the geological nature of the region. With the exception of K9 and K10, which are characterised by a sandy substrate, all the remaining sites have heterogeneous substrates. Representative taxa of El Kebir wadi included species of diverse ecological preferences, however, they were mostly associated with running waters and a fine, medium to coarse substrate. They often appeared also in stagnant waters like Chironomus riparius-type Meigen (Moldovan, 1987; own data).

Altitudinal zonation of Chironomids has been studied in Europe since Thienemann (1954) proposed a classification system for European rivers based on their Chironomid taxa. Skoulikidis et al. (2009) provided a detailed environmental classification of lotic waters in Greece. They found that the composition of macroinvertebrate changes longitudinally from the west to the east. Płóciennik and Karaouzas (2014) confirmed these results and revealed that Chironomid assemblages were distinguished into three ecoregions with distinct climatic, geological and hydro-chemical features. However, south-European river zonation may defy popular beliefs. The Evortas River in southern Greece reveals the characteristics of Mediterranean midge community zonation, which is different from the temperate region's river continuum (Karaouzas and Płóciennik, 2016).

Most of the Seybouse sites were exposed to direct industrial or sewage influxes which is consistent with Reggam et al. (2015). Major anthropogenic activities in El Kebir-west wadi catchment influencing its water quality include agricultural activities. The quality of the sites ranged between moderate and good, as was confirmed by Saal et al. (2020). The presented study indicates that anthropogenic factors affect the distribution of Seybouse's Chironomids and promote the abundance of pollution-resistant species. Agriculture did not seem to have any significant influence on sensitive taxa. We recorded a distinct but insignificant increase of assemblage diversity from the upper to lower stream sections. After studying the distribution of Chironomid communities in the Sierra Nevada in southern Spain, Casas and Vilchez-Quero (1993) also came to the conclusion that the upper stream zones revealed lower species richness. The low diversity at high altitude is linked to lower temperature, a reduction in flow, as well as a substrate poor in organic matter.

The higher diversity in S7, K4, K5 and K6 can be explained by the remoteness of these sites from disturbances affecting the survival of Chironomids (e.g., sand extraction, urban waste, etc.), the diversity and density of the biotopes, and especially the availability of resources in these sites. This allows for the occurrence of a variety of species which are generally pollution sensitive. However, in the lower section of both streams, these species are replaced by more thermophilic, more resistant, and less diversified taxa.

5.2 Chironomidae autecology

As many as 51 taxa (Appendix I, see Supplementary material) were identified in this study. Most of the composition of the Chironomid assemblage in the Seybouse and El Kebir-west wadis was quite similar to what has been found in other streams of Algeria.

For the first time, a faunistic list of the Chironomids fauna of El Kebir-west wadi is presented along with its distribution. The most common taxa collected in Algeria (Appendix I, see Supplementary material), were part of the assemblage in the Mediterranean regions. The north African Chironomid assemblages are characterised by lower species diversity than that found in European streams due to the harsh local hydroclimatic conditions acting as a restricting factor for the fauna (Arab et al., 2004).

Chironomids, as a heterogeneous group of species with variable responses to environmental gradients (Lencioni and Rossaro, 2005), is claimed to be sensitive to changes along the river continuum in association with elevation, stream order, and channel width (Puntı́ et al., 2009). In our study, Phaenopsectra sp. Kieffer and Cricotopus annulator Goetghebuer are strongly correlated with the upper rocky stream sites. According to Becker (1995), Phaenopsectra larvae display a preference for stems and leaves of plants, and are less common in dense vegetation (Steenbergen, 1993). They indicate that this species is found only scarcely on stones and sandy bottoms. The results presented here seem to contradict the above-cited observations, as the CCA indicates that Phaenopsectra occurrence in K and S was independent from aquatic vegetation. Polypedilum nubifer-type Skuse found here, was an indicator of upstream sites characterised by good oxygenation and turbulent flow. Other research considered this species as one of eurytopic taxa that may be found in diverse habitats (Jacobsen and Perry, 2007).

As far as the response to pollution is concerned, Tanytarsus, Polypedilum and Chironomus species collected at K and S wadis were abundant in the polluted sites. Some of species from these genera are known as pollution tolerant (Hare and Shooner, 1995). Representatives of Dicrotendipes nervosus-type Stäger are very resistant to organic pollution. Here, they are found mostly in the downstream sites. They can survive for a short time in water with an oxygen content lower than 1 mg/1 (Rossaro et al., 2007). Low oxygen content may often be the main reason for the absence of Dicrotendipes nervosus, whereas Chironomus species can be present. In fact, among Chironomus species, Ch. riparius Meigen is known to have an extraordinary adaptation capability due to the ability to shift to anaerobic metabolism when necessary. However, Grazioli et al. (2016) reported that Ch. riparius is not the most resistant species to low oxygen content. Specifically, Frank (1983) reported the following order to resistance: Ch. plumosus Linnaeus > Ch. riparius Meigen. The predominance of Chironomini in this type of habitat has also been found in several studies (Yulintine et al., 2008). In addition, Chironomini are thermophilic, which is consistent with our study region.

The most common Tanypodinae in S and K dwell in macrophyte habitats and on sandy substrates in slow-current river sections. Their distribution depends on food availability. The type of substrate is also one of the major factors determining the distribution of Tanypodinae (Bijlmakers, 1983). According to the results presented here, Ablabesmyia longistyla Fittkau, Procladius (Holotanypus) Skuse and Tanypus sp. seem to prefer habitats with sandy-silty soils.

Regarding Chironomidae functional feeding groups, the relative abundance of scrapers and shredders was significantly higher in the upstream sites than in the downstream ones (e.g., Cricotopus). The higher relative abundance of shredders in the upper sites may be related to the substantial input of algae and submerged wood from riparian plants (e.g., Rheocricotopus, Orthocladius) (Anderson, 1982). Generally, in the downstream sites, Chironomini are either ditritivorous (e.g., Chironomus), or filter feeders (e.g., Polypedilum and Glyptotendipes).

6 Conclusions

A comparison of the Seybouse wadi with the Kebir-west wadi shows some similarities and some differences in species composition as well as responses to environmental factors. In both rivers, an upstream-downstream gradient is dominant. Natural habitat factors are prevalent in the Kebir-west wadi, while pollution factors are more influential in the Seybouse wadi.

The assemblages related to the tributaries and the upstream sections were characterized by a lower species number, abundance, and diversity, as well as a lower number of indicator taxa compared to the assemblages found in the downstream sites, however, H'(loge) and J' indexes do not differ significantly. The complexity of habitats related to altitude and food availability were the main factors controlling this distribution.

The Mediterranean region ought to draw much greater attention in the near future as a biodiversity hotspot that faces a global water crisis. Expanding studies on Algerian flowing waters, including the Kebir-west and Seybouse wadis, is recommended. New research should cover samples taken over a longer period of time. The next inventory ought to be extended to include other watersheds in order to complete faunistic and ecological studies. The material based on pupal exuviae and adults would contribute to a better understanding of endemism and migration of Chironomidae in the region.


We are grateful to Robert Sobczyk for calculating Leven's test and preparing Figure 02.


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Cite this article as: Hamache C, Płóciennik M, Saal I, Arab A. 2021. The natural factors and anthropogenic stressors influence on Chironomidae communities of two north-African wadis. Knowl. Manag. Aquat. Ecosyst., 422, 35.

Supplementary Material

Appendix I. Total abundance of Chironomid species collected in the 19 sampling sites of El Kebir-west and Seybouse wadis.

Appendix II. SIMPER analysis results.

Appendix III. CONISS analysis results.

Appendix IV. Environmental data.

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All Figures

thumbnail Fig. 1

Location of the study area and sampling sites along the main course of Seybouse and El Kebir wadis (north-eastern Algeria).

In the text
thumbnail Fig. 2

Box plots of Shannon index (H') and Pielou index (E) in each section of Seybouse and El Kebir-west wadis.

In the text
thumbnail Fig. 3

Results of CVA analysis for the Kebir-west (K) and the Seybouse (S) wadis. Red arrows indicate factors correlated with Ax1, blue arrows indicate factors correlated with Ax 2. Axis 1 is horizontal and Axis 2 vertical.

In the text
thumbnail Fig. 4

CCA biplot of samples and environmental variables based on Chironomid assemblages (51 taxa) from the Seybouse and El Kebir-west wadis, north-eastern Algeria. Axis 1 is horizontal and Axis 2 vertical.

In the text

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