, Volume 73, Issue 1-3, pp 177-180

On the ecology of notholca squamula muller in Loch Leven, Kinross, Scotland

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Abstract

Notholca squamula was rarely found in Loch Leven when the water temperature rose above 10°C. Under favourable temperature conditions its abundance appeared to be closely related to that of Asterionella formosa. In the laboratory the animal was seen to feed on this diatom by breaking open the frustule and ingesting the cell contents.

Part of a dissertation for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy to the Council for National Academic Awards at Paisley College, Scotland, in conjunction with the Institute of Terrestrial Ecology, Edinburgh, Scotland