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The Freshwater Ecosystems of Suriname : MONOGRAPHIAE BIOLOGICAE - P.E. Ouboter

The Freshwater Ecosystems of Suriname


By: P.E. Ouboter (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 30th November 1993
ISBN: 9780792324089
Number Of Pages: 317

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Since the limnological research on the man-made Brokopondo Reservoir in the 'sixties, numerous data have been collected on the ecology of Surinam rivers and swamps. This book is a compilation of these data: it is the first comprehensive survey of the aquatic ecology of one of the peripheral areas of Amazonia. The geomorphology of the country, situated on the Guyana Shield, is the main factor determining the limnological properties of rivers and creeks. This results in an overall picture that is quite different from Amazonia. The emphasis of The Ecosystems of Suriname is on the living aquatic resources, including aquatic and swamp vegetation, phyto and zooplankton, macroinvertebrates, fish, amphibians, reptiles and mammals. Although most of Suriname is still in a pristine state, the human impact on fresh waters is considerable in those areas of rapid economic development, emphasizing the necessity of conservation measures, specially tailored for aquatic ecosystems.
The Ecosystems of Suriname is a valuable acquisition for all scientists, environmental managers and others interested in tropical aquatic ecology.

List of contributors
Introductionp. 1
The geographical outlinep. 13
Climate and surface water hydrologyp. 29
Limnology: physico-chemical parameters and phytoplankton compositionp. 53
Vegetation and vegetation succession of the freshwater wetlandsp. 77
Aquatic macrophytesp. 99
Aquatic invertebrates of the Coastal Plainp. 113
The fish fauna of Surinamep. 133
Dragonflies of a black-water creeksystemp. 157
Structure and function of floating bubble nests of three armoured catfishes (Callichthyidae) in relation to the aquatic environmentp. 167
The herpetofauna of floating meadowsp. 199
The annual cycle of the spectacled caimanp. 215
The man-made Brokopondo Lakep. 227
Changes in a polluted swampp. 239
Water and healthp. 261
Conservation of freshwater ecosystems in Surinamep. 275
Subject indexp. 285
Index scientific namesp. 299
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ISBN: 9780792324089
ISBN-10: 0792324080
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 317
Published: 30th November 1993
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 1.42