, Volume 199, Issue 2, pp 117–130 | Cite as

The respiration of common benthic invertebrate species from the shallow littoral zone of Lake Esrom, Denmark

  • Kirsten Hamburger
  • Peter C. Dall


To enable estimation of the total assimilation of benthic populations, we measured the oxygen consumption of macroinvertebrates from the littoral zone of a eutrophic lake. The animals were collected all the year round, and their respiration was measured at field temperatures using a closed-bottle method. Multiple regressions relating the rate of oxygen consumption to temperature and body size were established for 22 taxa, including data derived from the literature for meiofaunal groups.

Key words

respiration invertebrates benthos littoral Lake Esrom 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kirsten Hamburger
    • 1
  • Peter C. Dall
    • 1
  1. 1.Freshwater Biological LaboratoryUniversity of CopenhagenHillerødDenmark

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