Relationship between water quality, watermilfoil frequency, and weevil distribution in the State of Washington

Tamayo, Mariana and Grue, Christian E. and Hamel, Kathy (2000) Relationship between water quality, watermilfoil frequency, and weevil distribution in the State of Washington. Journal of Aquatic Plant Management, 38, pp. 112-116.

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Abstract

During the summer of 1997, we surveyed 50 waterbodies in Washington State to determine the distribution of the aquatic weevil Euhrychiopsis lecontei Dietz. We collected data on water quality and the frequency of occurrence of watermilfoil species within selected watermilfoil beds to compare the waterbodies and determine if they were related to the distribution E. lecontei . We found E. lecontei in 14 waterbodies, most of which were in eastern Washington. Only one lake with weevils was located in western Washington. Weevils were associated with both Eurasian ( Myriophyllum spicatum L.) and northern watermilfoil ( M. sibiricum K.). Waterbodies with E. lecontei had significantly higher ( P < 0.05) pH (8.7 ± 0.2) (mean ± 2SE), specific conductance (0.3 ± 0.08 mS cm -1 ) and total alkalinity (132.4 ± 30.8 mg CaCO 3 L -1 ). We also found that weevil presence was related to surface water temperature and waterbody location ( = 24.3, P ≤ 0.001) and of all the models tested, this model provided the best fit (Hosmer- Lemeshow goodness-of-fit = 4.0, P = 0.9). Our results suggest that in Washington State E. lecontei occurs primarily in eastern Washington in waterbodies with pH ≥ 8.2 and specific conductance ≥ 0.2 mS cm -1 . Furthermore, weevil distribution appears to be correlated with waterbody location (eastern versus western Washington) and surface water temperature.

Item Type: Article
Title: Relationship between water quality, watermilfoil frequency, and weevil distribution in the State of Washington
Personal Creator/Author:
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Tamayo, Mariana
Grue, Christian E.
Hamel, Kathy
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Aquatic Plant Management
Volume: 38
Page Range: pp. 112-116
Date: 2000
Issuing Agency: Aquatic Plant Management Society, Inc.
Additional Information: July 2000 Special Issue: The Use of Native Insect Herbivores for the Management of Eurasian Watermilfoil
Uncontrolled Keywords: Euhrychiopsis lecontei, Myriophyllum spicatum,Myriophyllum sibiricum, weevil presence, temperature, pH, Washington, USA, Eurasian watermilfoil
Subjects: Management
Biology
Limnology
Item ID: 1962
Depositing User: Stephanie Haas
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2009 22:10
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 19:52
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/1962

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