Categorização functional trófica das comunidades de macroinvertebrados de dois reservatórios na região centro-oeste do Estado de São Paulo, Brasil
Alternative titleFunctional trophic categorization of macroinvertebrate communities of two reservoirs in the midwestern region of São Paulo State, Brazil
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The use of the concept of guild can be useful for the functional trophic categorization of communities, because there is no requirement identification of organisms in the level of species and not to treat each species as a separate entity. The aim of this study was to analyze the functional feeding groups (collectors-gatherers, collectors-filterers, shredders, predators and grazer-scrapers) of the macroinvertebrate communities of two reservoirs in the Midwestern region of São Paulo State. Sampling was carried out in rainy (March/April - 2001) and dry (July/August - 2001) seasons and the data obtained indicate that 'collectors-gatherers' is the most frequent guild. This fact suggests a great importance of organic matter as a food source in the diet of the macroinvertebrates analyzed.