Phillip John Suter

Phillip John Suter
La Trobe University · Department of Ecology, Environment and Evolution

PhD (Adelaide), BSc (Hons) Tasmania.

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Additional affiliations
January 1996 - March 2013
La Trobe University
Position
  • Emeritus Scholar
Description
  • Retired in 2013 after 16 years at the Department of Environmental Management and Ecology
September 1994 - December 1995
EPA
Position
  • Senior Aquatic Biologist
January 1980 - September 1994
State Water Laboratory
Position
  • Biologist
Education
March 1977 - June 1980
University of Adelaide
Field of study
  • PhD Zoology
February 1972 - November 1976
University of Tasmania
Field of study
  • BSc (Hons) Zoology and Botany

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Publications (83)
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The taxonomic history of the atyid shrimp Paratya in Australia has been one of confusion due to the high morphological variability in material collected from its wide range of distribution. Early research concluded that all material should be considered a single species, P. australiensis Kemp, pending an acceptable revision. After morphological exa...
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The twentieth anniversary of the first issue of Zootaxa (De Moraes & Freire, 2001) provides an appropriate opportunity to reflect on some trends in global Ephemeroptera taxonomy publishing over the last two decades, with a focus on the description of new species and the outsized role of the journals Zootaxa and ZooKeys, in particular. Detailed revi...
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Atalophlebiinae (Ephemeroptera, Leptophlebiidae) is a mayfly subfamily present in temperate and mountainous areas of South America and Australia. We tested the hypothesis that both vicariance and dispersal related to the second phase of Gondwana breakup—which began in the Early Cretaceous and resulted in the separation between Madagascar and India...
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We describe the multi-decadal delayed effects of flood on macroinvertebrate community structure using 33 years of monitoring data on macroinvertebrates, water quality, and climate, and 51 years of hydrological data, spanning 2300 km of the Murray River, Australia. We used distributed lag nonlinear models in a four-step analytical process, including...
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Intensive and incessant disruptions in watercourses such as dams are taking place due to the growing demand for hydroelectric generation, and can result in severe deterioration of ecosystem integrity. This research concentrates on the impact of dams on macroinvertebrate communities downstream of two hydropower dams on tributaries of the upper Ayeya...
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Rivers and wetlands in Myanmar provide essential services to people in terms of transportation, agriculture, fisheries and a myriad of other ecosystem services, all of which are dependent on a healthy ecosystem. Irrigation channels are also an important part of the infrastructure for daily water use in Myanmar. The objective of this research is to...
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We aimed to quantify the delayed effects of flows on aquatic ecosystems using 33 years of monitoring data on macroinvertebrates and water quality and 51 years of hydrological data, spanning 2,300 km of the Murray River, Australia. By incorporating the delayed effects of hydrological indices, along with physicochemical variables, into generalized ad...
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Anthropogenic pressures such as river infrastructure, agriculture and power generation are rapidly increasing in Southeast Asia, aimed at providing food security within the region. However, this will lead to unintended river health consequences, and, currently, most Southeast Asian countries have no country-specific tools for monitoring river healt...
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We investigated the ecological effects of salinity mitigation strategies in the Murray-Darling Basin (MDB) using macroinvertebrate data collected over 2,300 km of the Murray River between 1980 and 2012. The MDB covers 1 × 10⁶km² and includes both temperate and semiarid climate zones. It was extensively developed to support irrigated agriculture in...
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• Arid landscapes pose arguably one of the greatest challenges to dispersal of aquatic insects, and may drive speciation in taxa with low dispersal potential. We investigated genetic divergence in aquatic insects with high and low dispersal potential between two regions within the Australian arid zone. We used two dragonfly species to infer pattern...
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The larval taxonomy of Australian stoneflies (Plecoptera) shows a large disparity in knowledge when compared to the adult taxonomy with many species having undescribed larval forms. The importance of stoneflies as an indicator group for monitoring aquatic ecosystems means knowledge of the larval taxonomy and the ability to identify species is essen...
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Three permanent alpine springs and their associated pools in the Australian Alps were studied over a summer season to understand their hydrochemical function and characterise the (previously unreported) aquatic macroinvertebrate communities. These “source” pools represent an extremely limited habitat within Australian alpine peatlands and are likel...
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Invasive riparian plants are a significant threat to riverine environments and are thought to alter the structure and function of stream ecosystems. Salix spp. are a genus of highly invasive northern hemisphere trees and shrubs that have invaded substantial areas of southern hemisphere riparian corridors. We set out to review the existing peer revi...
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Exotic invasive species are known to influence taxonomic communities and ecological processes. Few studies have examined the impact on taxonomic communities across trophic levels because it is time consuming and requires a wide range of identification skills. Here, we examined the impacts of invasive willow trees (Salix spp.) on microbial and macro...
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Embodiments of the present invention generally relate to small metal pins tagged with light-activated microtransponders, and methods of making and using the same. Such metal pins are often used for affixing insects to surfaces in taxonomy collections, and are often called "entomological pins" or "ento-pins". As described in U.S. Pat. No. 7,098,39...
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Willows (Salix spp.) are listed as a weed of national significance in Australia. Despite this recognition, functional effects of willows on streams compared to native species are largely unknown . Leaves supply carbon to instream food webs, but may also act as surfaces for biofilm, and thus can contribute in different ways to stream metabolism. Sal...
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Latarima gen. nov. (Trichoptera: Calocidae) is described from southeastern Australia based on the male adult, male pupa, and larva. Two species are included, L. explicatala sp nov. and L. furcilla (Neboiss, 1984a) comb. nov. Males of Latarima gen. nov. are distinct from other Calocidae genera in that segment X of the genitalia is widely incised, fo...
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Austremerella picta Riek was originally described in 1963 from nymphs and female imagos from Lamington National Park in Queensland. A male subimago and a male imago were collected at light traps in 2011 and 2012 respectively. Association of the nymphs with the adults was made using a fragment of the CO1 gene. The subimago and imago are here describ...
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The wetland communities intimately associated with groundwater sources in the Australian alps are poorly documented compared with the broader (and more obvious) alpine peatlands. In the present work, we report on the vegetation observed immediately around such sources and the characteristics of the supplying groundwater so as to understand the like...
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A new, ultra-small, light-activated microtransponder ("p-Chip") has been integrated into the heads of entomological pins to improve efficiency in collections management and research through radio frequency identification (RFID) of insect specimens. These specimens are typically small, fragile, numerous and especially difficult to track. Globally, t...
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Understanding temporal trophic interactions in riverine food webs is essential for predicting river ecosystem function and improving management of these ecosystems. Temporal changes in energy flows through riverine food webs are readily assumed but are rarely tested. Temporal variability in food webs from two reaches of a lowland river (Ovens River...
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The current taxonomic understanding of the genus Riekoperla McLellan, 1971 (Gripopterygidae) is poor, with 15 of the 28 species and subspecies having unknown or uncertain larval associations. Sequences of a 657 bp fragment from the mitochondrial gene cytochrome c oxidase subunit 1 (CO1) were obtained from 122 specimens of 13 species collected throu...
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Despite the recognised significance of hyphomycetes in the degradation of leaf litter in streams, few studies have been carried out in alpine environments and none in Australian alpine streams. We hypothesised that the fungal communities responsible for leaf decomposition would change over immersion time, and would respond differently at different...
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The Australian small minnow mayfly fauna remains poorly known with only 21 described species (Webb & Suter 2010). Four species were described in the genus Baetis Leach: B. baddamsae Harker, 1950; B. confluens Harker, 1950; B. frater Tillyard, 1936; and B. soror Ulmer, 1908. Baetis soror and B. frater were both placed in Offadens Lugo-Ortiz & McCaff...
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Bungona illiesi (Lugo-Ortiz & McCafferty) n.comb. was described from a single specimen collected in northern Queensland, Australia, as a species of Cloeodes Traver. The distinguishing characteristics of a minute maxillary palp, the absence of spination on the mandibles between the mola and prostheca, narrow-elongate gills, and medially expanded lab...
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Planktivorous fish are important in shaping zooplankton communities in many freshwater ecosystems, and there is an intrinsic link between the active and resting forms of many zooplankton taxa. However, few field studies have considered the influence of planktivorous fish on zooplankton resting-stage communities, and none have considered this phenom...
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Suter, P., Webb, J. and Rowe, D. 2009. Key to the mature nymphs of Coloburiscoides (Lestage) (Ephemeroptera: Coloburiscidae). Museum Victoria Science Reports 14: 1-24. Six species of Coloburiscoides (Ephemeroptera : Coloburiscidae) are recognized based on nymphal material. Of these six species, three are undescribed but can be recognized using mole...
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1. Contrary to that for lakes and ponds, our knowledge of the influence of planktivorous fish on zooplankton communities in rivers is slight, largely because of the general assumption that such communities are overwhelmingly regulated by physical conditions. 2. In two separate but concurrent in situ enclosure experiments, we investigated the effect...
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Numerical data based on stomach content analysis of the zooplanktivorous freshwater fish, Retropinna semoni, were used to examine the effect of fish sample size on mean counts of dominant prey items. Fifty adult R. semoni were collected from throughout the open-water of Lake Benanee, Australia at each of five times over a diel period. Bootstrapping...
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Microinvertebrates play a critical role in riverine food webs, and recent studies have hypothesized that slackwaters, non-flowing regions associated with the main channel, are important for their reproduction and recruitment. However, little is known regarding the population and community dynamics of microinvertebrate communities in slackwater regi...
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We evaluated a new technique to characterize resting stage zooplankton assemblages in both riverine slackwater habitats and floodplain wetlands, using coconut fibre mats (CFMs). Results obtained using the CFMs were compared with those obtained using the conventional sediment coring technique, over three different mat-setting durations. Presently, t...
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Although drought and drying of waters occur globally, the effect of drying on sediment microbial communities underpinning aquatic biogeochemical processes is poorly understood. We used the molecular method of terminal-restriction fragment length polymorphism (T-RFLP) to assess changes in the microbial community structure of sediments undergoing dif...
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The abundance of epiphytic invertebrates living on both submerged and emergent macrophytes in lentic systems is influenced by a range of environmental features at both spatial and temporal scales. Such features include water chemistry, habitat complexity, hydrology and external influences such as climatic cycles. Dugays 2 billabong is a floodplain...
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1Seventeen sites were each sampled six times over 2 years for macroinvertebrates. A range of physicochemical variables was also measured to determine which factors were related to the distribution of species.2Numerical classification of the faunal data indicated that four groups of sites or communities were distinguishable: lowland sites; sandy upl...
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During 2003 restored agricultural ecosystems at different ages were studied in Byawatha, Victoria to determine how abundance, diversity and community structure of soil invertebrates change in relation to restoration age. Traditionally revegetation projects examine vertebrate use in the restored areas, but the terrestrial invertebrates are important...
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The mining of gold can lead to toxic metals such as mercury (Hg) contaminating watercourses as by-products. The Reedy Creek sub-catchment, in northeast Victoria, Australia, was mined for gold in the 1850s. In 1998, samples were taken from six watercourses to measure any remaining toxic metal contamination in sediments and surface waters from two cr...
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An investigation of the habitat and dietary pret'erences of freshwater turtles inhabiting ephemeral billabongs on the Ovens River State Forest floodplain at Killawarra, Victoria, was conducted over the summer of 1997/1998. Two species of turtle, Chelodina longicollis and Emydura mucquarii, were captured. Analysis of turtle stomach contents provided...
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Dean, J.C., and Suter, P.J. 2004. Descriptions of new species and a new genus of leptophlebiid mayflies (Insecta: Ephemeroptera) from the Northern Territory, Australia. Memoirs of Museum Victoria 61(1): 111‐118. Adults and nymphs of a new monotypic genus (Manggabora gen. nov.) and three new species of leptophlebiid mayflies (Manggabora wapitja sp....
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Suter, P.J. and Pearson, M.J., 2001. Redescription of Bungona Harker with new synonyms in the Australian Baetidae (Insecta: Ephemeroptera). Memoirs of Museum Victoria 58(2): 247-254. The monospecific genus Bungona Harker is redefined and descriptions of the imago and nymphs of Bungona narilla Harker are provided. Two species described by Lugo-Ortiz...
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A new species of Platybaetis is described from nymphal and subimago material collected from Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory. These dorso-ventrally flattened mayfly nymphs are very small and lack a number of characters expressed by the four described species from south east Asia. A subimago was reared and verified Miüeller-Liebenau’s recogn...
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A new genus, Irpacaenis, is erected to include three new species of Australian caenid mayflies based on nymphal and subimago characteristics. The genus is diagnosed by weakly sclerotised straight forceps which are not grooved but are hooked apically; styliger plate and associated sclerites weakly sclerotised in the subimago; and, in the nymph, the...
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A new genus, Wundacaenis, is erected for three new species of Australian caenid mayflies. The genus is diagnosed by possession of distinctive lobes on the anterolateral margins of the mesonotum. The distribution of Wundacaenis extends from the Kimberleys in Western Australia, through the Alligator Rivers Region in the Northern Territory, and down t...
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Chironomid larvae (Chironomus spp.,Dicrotendipes conjunctus andProcladius paludicola) collected from Cox Creek and Aldgate Creek, South Australia, showed morphological abnormalities similar to those reported in other studies elsewhere in the world. The sediment of Cox Creek contained high concentrations of pesticides and there was a significant cor...