Successional change of testate amoeba assemblages along a space-for-time sequence of peatland development

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Zhang , H , Väliranta , M , Amesbury , M J , Charman , D J , Laine , A & Tuittila , E-S 2018 , ' Successional change of testate amoeba assemblages along a space-for-time sequence of peatland development ' , European Journal of Protistology , vol. 66 , pp. 36-47 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejop.2018.07.003

Title: Successional change of testate amoeba assemblages along a space-for-time sequence of peatland development
Author: Zhang, Hui; Väliranta, Minna; Amesbury, Matthew J.; Charman, D. J.; Laine, Anna; Tuittila, Eeva-Stiina
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Environmental Change and Policy
University of Helsinki, Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS)
Date: 2018-10
Language: eng
Number of pages: 12
Belongs to series: European Journal of Protistology
ISSN: 0932-4739
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/248088
Abstract: It is well established that in ombrotrophic bogs, water-table depth (WTD) is the primary environmental control on testate amoeba distribution. However, the environmental controls on testate amoebae in minerotrophic fens are less well known and successional change in their assemblages associated with fen-bog peatland development has been scarcely investigated. Here we investigate a peatland space-for-time sequence resulting from postglacial rebound on the west coast of Finland, to assess successional patterns in testate amoeba communities and their relationships with environmental variables during peatland development. Sample sites along a 10-km transect from coast to inland ranged from a recently emerged wet meadow to a mature bog. Environmental variables (e.g., peat thickness, carbon and nitrogen content, pH, WTD and vegetation) were measured alongside testate amoeba samples. Results showed that even though the distribution of testate amoebae was to some extent determined by the succession stage, many taxa had wide WTD and pH ranges. The primary environmental control for many taxa changed along the succession. In conclusion, the ecological constraints on testate amoebae in minerotrophic systems are more complex than in bogs. The detected patterns also complicate the use of testate amoebae as a primary proxy in palaeoecological reconstructions where fen-to-bog shifts occur. (C) 2018 Elsevier GmbH. All rights reserved.
Subject: Ecological constraints
Fen environment
Peatland succession
Testate amoebae
SPHAGNUM-DOMINATED PEATLANDS
FEN-BOG TRANSITION
PALEOHYDROLOGICAL RECONSTRUCTION
VERTICAL MICRODISTRIBUTION
TESTACEANS PROTOZOA
SOUTHERN FINLAND
REPLICATE CORES
WATER TABLES
RAISED BOGS
MULTI-PROXY
1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology
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