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Hydrobiologia

, Volume 607, Issue 1, pp 11–16 | Cite as

A comparison between local emergence patterns of Perla grandis and Perla marginata (Plecoptera, Perlidae)

  • Stefano Fenoglio
  • Tiziano Bo
  • José Manuel Tierno de Figueroa
  • Manuel Jesus López-Rodríguez
  • Giorgio Malacarne
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Abstract

In this study we investigated the emergence patterns of two Systellognatha stoneflies: Perla marginata and P. grandis (Plecoptera: Perlidae) in a first order stream of the Northern Apennines (NW Italy). Exuviae of both species were collected in a selected area of the Curone creek by hand-picking, measuring the distance between river edge and substrate typology. Exuviae were found on different substrate types near the shoreline: stones in the stream bank were mainly used by both species, and gravel beach was the least-utilised substrate. No evident differences were found between the species in the typology and colour of emergence substrates. Interestingly, we found that P. grandis exuviae were significantly located at greater horizontal and vertical distances from the water edge than P. marginata ones. We discuss these findings on the basis of ecological and behavioural considerations.

Keywords

Plecoptera Perla marginata Perla grandis Exuviae Emergence patterns 

Notes

Acknowledgements

We are grateful to M. Grenna, S. Giordanengo, M. Cammarata and D. Vigani for the help in field work, and to G. Lingua for the useful suggestions and floristic help.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stefano Fenoglio
    • 1
  • Tiziano Bo
    • 1
  • José Manuel Tierno de Figueroa
    • 2
  • Manuel Jesus López-Rodríguez
    • 2
  • Giorgio Malacarne
    • 1
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Scienze dell’Ambiente e della VitaUniversità del Piemonte OrientaleAlessandriaItaly
  2. 2.Departamento de Biología AnimalUniversidad de GranadaGranadaSpain

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