Hydrobiological Bulletin

, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp 39–45 | Cite as

Some observations on the diet and food selection ofDaphnia hyalina (Cladocera) in an eutrophic lake

  • J. Bloem
  • J. Vijverberg


The food composition in the guts ofDaphnia hyalina was compared with the phytoplankton composition in the lake water on several dates during the year. The guts contained almost exclusively algae; detritus was not an important food item. ExceptOscillatoria agardhii, all large algal forms were generally avoided. On a whole,Scenedesmus was the most preferred taxon, but as numbers or biomass ingestedO. agardhii was more important. The filamentous blue-green algae>60 μm (range: 60–1500 μm) were strongly avoided byDaphnia. The observed size selective feeding is probably the result of limitations in their filtering apparatus rather than active selection.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Bloem
    • 1
  • J. Vijverberg
    • 1
  1. 1.Tjeukemeer LaboratoryLimnological InstituteOosterzeeThe Netherlands

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