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Composition and dynamic of benthic macroinvertebrates community in semi-arid area rivers of Burkina Faso (West Africa)

Idrissa Kaboré
Idrissa Ouédraogo
Lallébila Tampo
Adama Ouéda
Otto Moog
Wendengoudi Guenda
Andreas H. Melcher


The benthic macroinvertebrates communities dynamic were investigated in rivers from Burkina Faso in the purpose to analyze the taxonomic composition, the structure of benthic macroinvertebrates community and the composite environmental variables that correspond to the major distribution patterns of this community. The results showed that a total of 132 taxa was recorded and the large majority of these (103 taxa) belonged to 57 families from 8 orders of insects that represent 95% of relative abundance. We also observed some distinct differences relative to the spatial and temporal variation in the taxonomic composition. The canonical correspondance analysis (CCA) revealed a strong correlationship between Chironomidae, Syrphidae, Culicidae, Psychodidae, as well as the Pulmonates molluscs and organic nutriments feeding dynamics. These findings showed the sensitivity of benthic macroinvertebrates at different level: sensitivity which could be attributable to man-induced activities.

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Keywords: Benthic macroinvertebrates, enviromental variables, dynamic, Burkina Faso