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The ecology of Synchaeta kitina Rousselet in Loch Leven, Scotland.

May, Linda; Bailey-Watts, A.E.; Kirika, A.. 1993 The ecology of Synchaeta kitina Rousselet in Loch Leven, Scotland. Hydrobiologia, 255-256 (1). 305-315. 10.1007/BF00025853

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Abstract/Summary

Synchaeta kitina Rousselet reached population densities of up to 5000 ind.l–1 in Loch Leven, between January 1977 and December 1982. The species was found over the entire range of temperatures recorded (0.4–21.4 °C), but was most abundant at temperatures above 7 °C. Embryo development times, determined under laboratory conditions, ranged from 122 h at 2 °C to 12.5 h at 20 °C. There was a marked inverse relationship between populations of S. kitina and Daphnia hyalina var. lacustris in the loch. It seems unlikely that this was due to interference competition from Daphnia. S. kitina can be cultured on Rhodomonas minuta var. lacustris and there is some evidence that this rotifer also feeds on small flagellates in its natural environment.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1007/BF00025853
Programmes: CEH Programmes pre-2009 publications > Other
CEH Sections: _ Pre-2000 sections
ISSN: 0018-8158
Additional Keywords: Rotifera, Synchaeta, Loch Leven, population dynamics, interference competition, embryo development time
NORA Subject Terms: Zoology
Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 03 Aug 2010 08:31
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/10445

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