, Volume 60, Issue 1, pp 71–75 | Cite as

Coherence and horizontal movements of pathces of Holopedium gibberum (Cladocera)

  • Alan J. Tessier
Original Papers


The horizontal spatial dynamics of Holopedium gibberum in a small lake was followed during two summers. H. gibberum individuals aggregated into a single patch measured in tens of meters. Patch movement was extensive throughout the limnetic region, bore no apparent relationship to wind action, and patch structure remained cohesive regardless of weather conditions. Grazing activity by H. gibberum within the patch was intensive, reducing phytoplankton density to half that outside the patch.


Phytoplankton Coherence Weather Condition Horizontal Movement Small Lake 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alan J. Tessier
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  1. 1.Division of Environmental SciencesThe Academy of Natural Sciences of PhiladelphiaPhiladelphiaUSA

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