Seven decades of monitoring the aquatic bug fauna of Lake Balaton (Heteroptera: Nepomorpha)

Tamás Vásárhelyi, Gábor Bakonyi

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Detailed faunistic data originating from four sampling series of aquatic Heteroptera (Nepomorpha) in the Lake Balaton (the largest shallow lake of Central Europe) between 1928 and 2002 were analysed. A comparative analysis confirmed that the aquatic bug fauna of this great lake can be established with suitable accuracy if it is sampled by different but devoted collectors. So far 26 species of aquatic bugs have been reported from here. The fauna changed considerably during the seven decades. Species lists of the four basins of the lake established during the four sampling periods show characteristic differences. Not only the frequency of four Micronecta species (Micronecta griseola, M. pusilla, M. scholzi, M. minutissima) changed characteristically but there has been a distinct change in the ratio of rare species too. Rare species were present in significantly higher proportion in the period 1928-1930 than in any of the later samplings between 1984 and 2002. All these changes run parallel with the direction of anthropogenic influences.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-43
Number of pages11
JournalAquatic Insects
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2012


  • Balaton
  • aquatic bugs
  • long-term monitoring

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Aquatic Science
  • Insect Science

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