Okefenokee Swamp Macroinvertebrates
Bilger, Erika E.
Batzer, Darold P.
McHugh, J. V.
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The Okefenokee Swamp is one of the largest wetlands in North America, covering 3781 km² of the Southeastern Atlantic Coastal Plain. Despite the prominence and magnitude of the Okefenokee, little is known about the resident invertebrate fauna. We conducted a 2 year study to describe the aquatic invertebrate communities and their spatial and temporal variation within the Okefenokee Swamp. We collected invertebrates from 6 sampling areas spread across 3 hydrologic units. Within each area, sampling was stratified to include aquatic (lake, river, or canal), herbaceous marsh, scrub-shrub, and cypress habitats. Sampling was conducted in May, August, and December of each year The invertebrate community structure is unique, but not especially diverse.