Aquatic invertebrates in final void water bodies at an open-cut coal mine in central Queensland

Proctor, H. and Grigg, A. (2006) Aquatic invertebrates in final void water bodies at an open-cut coal mine in central Queensland. Australian Journal of Entomology, 45 107-121. doi:10.1111/j.1440-6055.2006.00529.x

Author Proctor, H.
Grigg, A.
Title Aquatic invertebrates in final void water bodies at an open-cut coal mine in central Queensland
Journal name Australian Journal of Entomology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1326-6756
Publication date 2006
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-6055.2006.00529.x
Volume 45
Start page 107
End page 121
Total pages 15
Editor John Matthiessen
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2006
Language eng
Subject C1
300801 Environmental Management and Rehabilitation
771007 Rehabilitation of degraded mining lands
Abstract We describe the diversity of aquatic invertebrates colonising water-filled final voids produced by an open-cut coal mine near Moura, central Queensland. Ten disused pits that had been filled with water from < 1 year to 22 years prior to the survey and three nearby 'natural' water bodies were sampled in December 1998 and again in March 1999. All invertebrates collected were identified to family with the exception of oligochaetes, cladocerans, ostracods and copepods, which were identified to these coarser taxonomic levels. Sixty-two taxa were recorded from > 20 000 individuals. The greatest familial richness was displayed by the Insecta (33 families) followed by the mites (Acari) with 12 families. While natural water bodies held the greatest diversity, several mine pits were almost as rich in families. Classification analyses showed that natural sites tended to cluster together, but the groupings did not clearly exclude pit sites. Mining pits that supported higher diversity tended to be older and had lower salinity (< 2000 mu S/cm); however, salinity in all water bodies varied with rainfall conditions. We conclude that ponds formed in final voids at this mine have the potential to provide habitat for many invertebrate taxa typical of lentic inland water bodies in central Queensland.
Keyword Biodiversity
Rapid Assessment
Biotic Indexes
River System
Q-Index Code C1

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