Hydrobiological Bulletin

, Volume 14, Issue 3, pp 196–208 | Cite as

Avoidance of macrophytes and additional notes on avoidance of the shore by ‘Acanthodiaptomus denticornis’ (Wierzejski, 1887) from Lake Pavin (Auvergne, France)

  • Jaap Dorgelo
  • Kees Koning


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    Literature on the horizontal distribution patterns from the littoral zone into the open water of fresh-water zooplankton is reviewed. The results of experiments on the avoidance of macrophytes and of the shore are presented.

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    In the lightAcanthodiaptomus avoidedMyriophyllum andPotamogeton as well as plastic plants in aquaria. The repelling effect of the macrophytes was stronger than that of the plastic plants. In the dark the avoidance reaction was absent, showing that both living and plastic plants exert a repellent ‘shading effect’ onAcanthodiaptomus, and supporting that macrophytes militate against zooplankton due to the secretion of repelling substances that is coupled with photosynthesis.

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    When a shore was gently slopingAcanthodiaptomus avoided the shore where trees (at a distance of 20 m of the waterside) were present; this reaction did not occur where, about 100 m further, meadows bordered the lake.

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    Adults were far more abundant in the littoral zone during the night as compared with day-time. This phenomenon was less distinct in the copepodites and absent in the nauplii.



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jaap Dorgelo
    • 1
  • Kees Koning
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept of Aquatic EcologyUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamthe Netherlands

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