Seasonal turnover in community composition of stream-associated macroinvertebrates inferred from freshwater environmental DNA metabarcoding

Mads Reinholdt Jensen, Eva Egelyng Sigsgaard, Sune Agersnap, Jes Jessen Rasmussen, Annette Baattrup-Pedersen, Peter Wiberg-Larsen & Philip Francis Thomsen
Macroinvertebrate communities are crucial for biodiversity monitoring and assessment of ecological status in stream ecosystems. However, traditional monitoring approaches require intensive sampling and rely on invasive morphological identifications that are time consuming and dependent on taxonomic expertise. Importantly, sampling is often only carried out once in a year, namely during late winter – spring, where most indicator taxa have larval stages in the streams. Hence, species with divergent phenology might not be detected. Here, we...
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