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Hydrobiologia

, Volume 104, Issue 1, pp 311-315

Rotifer occurrence in relation to water temperature in Loch Leven, Scotland

  • Linda MayAffiliated withInstitute of Terrestrial Ecology

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Abstract

Many rotifer species in Loch Leven show a distinct seasonality in occurrence. This appears to be primarily an effect of temperature. While some species seem to be eurythermal, other species show a well-defined range of temperature preference, outside which they are unable to maintain populations. Within this range, there is a close correlation between food availability and rotifer abundance.

Keywords

rotifers temperature Scotland occurrence grazing population dynamics