, Volume 446, Issue 1, pp 13–17

Recipes for successful anhydrobiosis in bdelloid rotifers

  • Manuela Caprioli
  • Claudia Ricci

DOI: 10.1023/A:1017556602272

Cite this article as:
Caprioli, M. & Ricci, C. Hydrobiologia (2001) 446: 13. doi:10.1023/A:1017556602272


We tested the effect of several environmental variables on the ability of three bdelloid rotifers (Macrotrachela quadricornifera, Philodina roseola and Adineta oculata) to recover from the anhydrobiotic state. The variables we examined were (1) rate of water evaporation, (2) relative humidity during anhydrobiosis, (3) temperature during anhydrobiosis, (4) duration of anhydrobiosis, and (5) rehydration rate. Our results indicate that bdelloids can regulate to some degree net water balance during onset and termination of anhydrobiosis.

bdelloid rotifersdesiccationdormancyrecoveryhumidity

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Manuela Caprioli
    • 1
  • Claudia Ricci
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BiologyState University of MilanMilanItaly