Patterns in biomass and cover of aquatic macrophytes in lakes: a test with Florida lakes

D. E. Canfield, Carlos Duarte

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Abstract

Data from 69 Florida lakes were used to test 15 empirical models that were developed from a worldwide data base to describe the biomass and cover of aquatic macrophytes in lakes. Ten models did not adequately reflect the limnological characteristics of Florida lakes. Submerged and emergent biomass in the Florida lakes were predicted by the models that estimated these parameters from the areal cover of submerged and emergent vegetation. Total macrophyte cover in Florida lakes could be predicted from a model based on lake size, annual irradiance at the surface, and the mean annual irradiance within the mean depth of the lake. Even the best models, however, overestimated submerged plant biomass and cover in highly colored lakes and lakes with steep (slope >15%) littorals. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1976-1982
Number of pages7
JournalCanadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
Volume45
Issue number11
StatePublished - Jan 1 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Aquatic Science

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