Maria Angeles Puig

Maria Angeles Puig
Spanish National Research Council | CSIC · Centre de Estudis Avanc,ats de Blanes

PhD
Mayflies and stoneflies biodiversity from aquatic ecosystems of Pyrenees and Catalan streams.

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Introduction
Maria-Angeles Puig currently works at the Centro de Estudios Avanzados de Blanes, Spanish National Research Council. Maria-Angeles does research in Limnology and Entomology. Their current projects are BIOOCULT: discovering the biodiversity of the Pyrenean aquatic macroinvertebrate communities with molecular tools', Life RESQUE ALPIR: Restauración de los ecosistemas acuáticos de las áreas protegidas de los Alpes i los Pirineos; and 'Mosquito Alert: expert group'
Additional affiliations
May 1991 - present
Spanish National Research Council
Position
  • Senior Researcher
Description
  • Researcher in Stream Ecology: Macroinvertebrate communities, Cyanotoxins, Mayfly and Stonefly.
June 1988 - May 1991
University of Murcia
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
Description
  • Limnolgy, Ecolgy
October 1984 - June 1988
University of Murcia
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
Description
  • Limnolgy, Ecolgy
Education
September 1974 - February 1984
University of Barcelona
Field of study
  • Biology (Ecology)

Publications

Publications (91)
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Introduced fish are a widespread ecological threat in originally fishless high mountain lakes. However, basic distribution data are largely missing for most high mountain regions. Using time‐consuming standard methods (e.g. Nordic standard fishing nets) to assess fish distribution and relative densities at a relevant spatial scale can be impractica...
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Despite being naturally fishless, the widespread introduction of trout and minnows is threatening the conservation of high mountain lakes all over the world. Previous studies have reported that amphibians quickly disappear after trout introduction, followed by many conspicuous invertebrates. Here, we have studied the effects of minnows versus trout...
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The Mosquito Alert dataset includes occurrence records of adult mosquitoes collected worldwide in 2014–2020 through Mosquito Alert, a citizen science system for investigating and managing disease-carrying mosquitoes. Records are linked to citizen science-submitted photographs and validated by entomologists to determine the presence of five targeted...
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The Mosquito Alert dataset includes occurrence records of adult mosquitoes collected worldwide in 2014–2020 through Mosquito Alert, a citizen science system for investigating and managing disease-carrying mosquitoes. Records are linked to citizen science-submitted photographs and validated by entomologists to determine the presence of five targeted...
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Publicada en catalán la guía de campo “Macroinvertebrados fluviales de Cataluña”, escrita por investigadores del CEAB-CSIC y de la UB. El libro incluye las familias de macroinvertebrados más frecuentes y relevantes de los ríos catalanes ordenadas en 110 fichas, que contienen una descripción morfológica detallada y fotografías para su correcta ident...
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The corixid Sigara (Subsigara) distincta (Fieber, 1848) in the Pyrenees: a first record for Spain and an unsolved taxonomic puzzle The occurrence of Sigara (Subsigara) distincta (Fieber, 1848) in Spain is reported for the first time based on specimens collected in the Pyrenean municipality of Vielha e Mijaran (Central Pyrenees). Multiple captures b...
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Background: Aedes japonicus is an invasive vector mosquito from Southeast Asia which has been spreading across central Europe since the year 2000. Unlike the Asian Tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) present in Spain since 2004, there has been no record of Ae. japonicus in the country until now. Results: Here, we report the first detection of Ae. jap...
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The risk of extinction of Eurylophella iberica Keffermuller and Da Terra 1978 (Ephemeroptera, Ephemerellidae) was assessed for the first time after taking into account recently published distributional data using a method specifically designed for aquatic insects. The results showed that the species can be considered "moderately vulnerable". We dis...
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Eurylophella iberica Keffermüller and Da Terra, 1978 is an endemic insect species of the Iberian Peninsula whose distribution has been poorly studied to date with rather old and scattered records. Here we compiled all existing distribution records and add new records from recent sampling activities. We also used this updated distributional informat...
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1. In-stream nitrate removal capacity may be used as a proxy for the ecosystem service of water quality regulation. It is well known that this natural function is driven by abiotic and biotic factors in running water environments. With regard to biotic drivers, most of the literature focuses on the microbial community influences, but there has been...
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In this study, we present the preliminary results from the first sampling under the LIFE project LIMNOPIRINEUS, performed in summer 2014. We sampled 26 lakes with relatively similar morphometric and physicochemical characteristics that differed primarily in terms of the presence of fish. The aim was go see if fish had any effect on different groups...
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Studies of the aquatic macroinvertebrates in the region of La Garrotxa (Catalonia, NE Spain) are relatively scarce. In this paper, we report the results of the sampling efforts carried out at 29 sites along the watercourses of La Garrotxa in the basins of the Ter and Fluvià rivers. Overall, we identified 163 invertebrate species, including 39 non-b...
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Culicidae (Diptera: Culicidae) of the Baix Llobregat area Six species of Cuiicidae have been identified in the Baix Llobregat area, near Bar- celona. Coquilletiidia (C.) richiardii and Culiseta -CT.) subochtea had never been found be- fore in the area.
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The ability of microcystins (MCs), the main group of cyanotoxins, to affect the physiological processes and tissues of insects has received little attention. Fresh water dissolved MCs represent one of the main sources of cyanotoxins. In the experiment described herein, captured wild mayfly E. angelieri Thomas, 1968 larvae were exposed to 5 ppb of t...
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Patterns regarding elemental stoichiometry in stream ecosystems remain incompletely understood. We analyzed C, N, and P contents in water, benthic macroinvertebrates and their potential food resources in two reaches located upstream and downstream of a point source input in La Tordera stream (Catalonia, NE Spain). The nutrient contents in periphyto...
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The specific role of hemocyanin in Plecoptera (stoneflies) is still not completely understood, since none of the hypotheses advanced have proven fully convincing. Previous data show that mRNA hemocyanin sequences are not present in all Plecoptera, and that hemocyanin does not seem to be uniformly distributed within the order. All species possess he...
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Hemocyanins are large oligomeric respiratory proteins found in many arthropods and mollusks. The overall expression of hemocyanin mRNA, revealed by studies on Plecoptera hemocyanin sequencing, has raised the question of whether the protein is expressed or not. In fact, the presence of expressed hemocyanin has only been reported in the literature fo...
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The communities of Rivularia in Mediterranean Spanish calcareous streams were surveyed during a year in an attempt to understand the factors promoting or inhibiting their production of microcystins in nature. The hydrological variables seemed to be more important than chemical factors in controlling the synthesis. No relation was found with nitrate...
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Ephemeroptera eggs vary greatly in their morphology, a characteristic that has been used to solve systematic problems. The eggs of Ephemerellidae may be considered among the most studied in mayfly families, especially with regard to the number of species for which they have been described (approximately 32 species corresponding to 12 genera). Howev...
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The increase in stream nutrient loads from anthropogenic sources has become a serious problem, especially in developed regions. Humans affect streams by modifying the landscape in ways that increase the transport of nutrients to surface waters, by directly dumping urban or industrial sewage into the stream, or by modifying streams in ways that redu...
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The chorionic patterns of Ephemeroptera eggs are very diverse and these have often been used for taxonomic and sys- tematic purposes. In a great number of species, including Potamanthus luteus, Ephemera danica and Oligoneuriella rhenana, these egg features have been studied using light microscopy. However, current trends in egg morphology stud- ies...
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The chorionic patterns of Ephemeroptera eggs are very diverse and these have often been used for taxonomic and systematic purposes. In a great number of species, including Potamanthus luteus, Ephemera danica and Oligoneuriella rhenana, these egg features have been studied using light microscopy. However, current trends in egg morphology studies use...
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The age structure, growth and reproduction of Barbus sclateri in a non-regulated section of the Segura River were similar to previously studied populations of undisturbed areas. Differences in the duration of the growth period or the reproductive cycle are considered evidence of the plasticity of the species as it adapts to different latitudes and...
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We sampled benthic macroinvertebrates above and below a point source effluent in La Tordera stream (NE, Spain) over 2001–2002 to assess the effects of nutrient enrichment on the structure, and taxonomic composition of the benthic macroinvertebrate community. Below the point source, discharge, specific conductance and nutrient concentrations were hi...
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The chorionic structures of mayfly eggs can be categorized into three main classes (micropyles, attachment structures and chorionic sculpturing), according to their physiological function. Each class of structure shows a great variability as regards morphology, arrangement and distribution on the eggshell, and the combination of these features is t...
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We examined how community measures (density, biomass, and richness) and community composition were related to microhabitat variables (including hydraulic parameters, substrate, and food resources) in La Tordera stream in Catalonia (NE Spain). We collected macroinvertebrate samples on six dates between November 2001 and September 2002 upstream and d...
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Hexamethyldisilizane (HMDS) and tetramethylsilane are organic compounds that are volatile at ambient temperature and which can therefore be used for air-drying biological samples for SEM studies. The techniques using these compounds provide results that are comparable with those obtained by critical point drying, but which involve a very simple pro...
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We sampled chlorophyll a, benthic organic matter, and benthic macroinvertebrates in June 2001 in La Tordera stream (Catalonia, NE Spain), receiving a wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) input. Samples were collected in six equidistant transects in three reaches located upstream (UP), few m below (DW1), and 500m below the WWTP input (DW2). Our first o...
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Our current understanding of the silicon (Si) cycle in the ocean assumes that diatoms dominate not only the uptake of silicic acid, but also the production and recycling of biogenic silica (BSi), and that other organisms with siliceous skeletons, including sponges, radiolarians, and silicoflagellates, play a negligible role. In this study, we reexa...
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Transferring research knowledge to stream managers is crucial for scientifically sound management. Environmental decision support systems are advocated as an effective means to accomplish this. STREAMES (STream REAach Management: an Expert System) is a decision tree based EDSS prototype developed within the context of an European project as a tool...
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Scales were valid for age determination of pike-cichlid Crenicichla lepidota Heckel in two Brazilian streams, since, for every age-class, annual rings (annuli) were formed once a year, in August. Back-calculated Jengths-for-age coincided with those obtained by inspecting the monthly length-frequency distributions. Only 11 reproductive females were...
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The seasonal sampling of irrigation or drinking water reservoirs in the province of Murcia (SE Spain) in the hydrological year 2000-2001 revealed the presence of intracellular microcystins in the benthic cyanophyte communities throughout the year. The total microcystin levels, as measured by HPLC, were relatively high but lower than others publishe...
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The identification of adequate wastewater treatment for small communities is a complex problem since it demands a combination of data from different sources, such as aspects of the community and landscape, the receiving environment and the available wastewater treatment technologies. The Catalan Water Agency (Agència Catalana de l'Aigua) considered...
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The development of epilithic cyanobacteria communities in a Mediterranean calcareous stream in the province of Murcia (SE Spain) was studied during the course of one year in an attempt to clarify the environmental variables that influence the production of microcystins. The predominant cyanobacteria were species of Rivularia, which formed conspicuo...
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In October 2000, the Matarranya River suffered an extraordinary flood with a measured flow rate of approximately 450 m 3 /s in the town of Vall-de-roures and a return period of about 500 years, according to the Ebro Hydrographic Confederation. The objective of this study was to determine the influence of the consequent perturbation on the structure...
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Nowadays, bad river water quality has become a serious problem, especially in developed regions, due to the high nutrient loads from anthropogenic sources dumped into the rivers. Pollution sources can have different origins: point or non-point sources. As point sources can be well identified, these can be controlled, but the identification and cont...
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There is increasing evidence that benthic cyanophytes in Mediterraneancalcareous streams can influence the macroinvertebrate community, probablydirectly due to toxicity. A study was therefore planned to establish whetherthis also influenced the results of indices used for the biological monitoringof stream water quality. Two indices (BMWPc based on...
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The eggs of several species of both Systellognatha and Euholognatha from the Spanish plecopteran fauna are observed using by SEM. We show the first observations and descriptions of the temporal external membrane which enveloping the plecopteran eggs. In systellognathan species, we studied in detail the eggs morphological features of Eoperla ochrace...
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First approach to bottom-up control of stream macroinvertebrate communities by benthic toxic cyanobacteria
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2002 Implications of cyanophyte toxicity on biological monitoring of calcareous streams in north-east Spain. Phytoplankton size distribution and growth rates in the Alboran sea (SW Mediterranean): short term variability related to mesoscale hydrodynamics.
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The fauna of Plecoptera in the Segura river basin is shortly known; only some references on this subject can be found in lymnological papers. Here we have performed the first check list of stoneflies of the Segura river basin. This papers is mainly based in samplings carried out between 1993 and 1994. Complementary we have used umpublished data fro...
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The nymph, subimago and egg of Choroterpes (Ch.) prati n.sp. from the Matarranya river (Ebro basin, Spain) are described. The relationships between this new species and the North-African and European members of the genus Choroterpes s.s. Eaton 1881 are illustrated. Description des nymphes, des subimagos et de l'œuf de Choroterpes (Ch.) prati n.sp....
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Attached algal assemblages were studied for one year in four streams of the Alicante province (Southeastern Spain). All the sampling points were located between 250 and 500 meters above sea level and were subject to disturbance effects of reservoir discharges and/or seasonal spates. Water varied from oligo- to mesotrophic. Algal biomasses, expresse...
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Twenty-five species of aquatic Heteroptera were collected from the Balearic Islands. Five are first records (Sigara nigrolineata, Micronecta scholtzi, Ranatra linearis, Notonecta meridionalis and Hebrus pusillus). Previous records are also discussed. The spatial structure of the communities on the Islands is analysed. The different abundance of spe...
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A synthetic review examines present knowledge of fluvial macroinvertebrates in Spain. Many works have been strictly dcscriptive, and most have aimed at the application of biotic indices in water quality studies. Nevertheless, new awareness in the 1980s, fostered by the Spanish Association of Limnology, has begun to stir works that carry more profou...
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The morphological variability of a population of Tyrrhenoleuctra minuta was investigated in the Guadalquivir river basin in southern Spain. A temporal change from micropterism to macropterism occurred in the adult males and it is suggested that this may be linked to the temporary nature of the habitat.
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In the Riera major, north-eastern Spain, hyporheic stoneflies and mayflies were far less abundant than those in the benthos. Three species, Baetis scambus, Caenis macrura and Leuctra fusca, spent a major part of their life cycle in the hyporheos.
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Se describe una experiencia llevada a cabo en la cabecera del rio Vinalopó (Alicante, España). Con el empleo de bloques de madera de chopo como "cebos" se determinaron las pautas de sucesión de la flora fúngica saprófita. Trece especies de hifomicetos intervienen en los procesos de degradación de la madera. En medio léntico el número de hifomicetos...
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The climatological and topographical characteristics of the Iberian peninsula have made the construction of reservoirs a necessity. Thus, more than 700 reservoirs have been constructed since the beginning of the century, one hundred of which have been the object of intensive study (Margalef et al. 1976). Nevertheless, the effect of these reservoirs...
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Some papers have shown the importance of temperature in the life cycles and growth patterns of caddis flies (Butler 1984), but there is little information on rivers with a small range of thermal variation. This is the case of the River Matarraña (Ebro basin) where the life cycles of the most abundant Trichoptera species have been studied. The possi...