, Volume 715, Issue 1, pp 77–86 | Cite as

The late Holocene appearance of European Bosmina (Eubosmina) thersites (Crustacea, Cladocera) in lakes surrounding the Baltic Sea

  • Leszek A. BłędzkiEmail author
  • Krystyna Szeroczyńska
  • Egle Puusepp


This study shows the appearance of Bosmina (Eubosmina) thersites during the last millennium in two lakes in Northern Europe: Lake Charzykowskie (Poland) and Lake Lohja (Estonia). Cladocera remains collected from both lakes showed similar Bosmina species composition and changes during the late Holocene. Older sediment layers showed a prevalence of smaller Eubosmina species (B. (E.) longispina), indicating oligotrophic conditions of the lakes, while younger layers were dominated by larger species (B. (E.) coregoni and B. (E.) thersites), typically found in lakes with higher trophy. The presence of B. (E.) thersites has rarely been reported in paleolimnological research, and this is the first observance of its high abundance in lake sediments. More research is needed, however, to better understand the appearance, speciation driver, continental range, and ecological preferences of B. (E.) thersites.


Cladocera remains analysis Cladocera biogeography Paleolimnology 



The research of Lohja Lake was supported by the Estonian Science Foundation (Grant ETF8189). We express our gratitude to Prof. K. Tobolski and Dr. E. Zawisza for making the sediment from Charzykowskie Lake available to us for studies of Bosminidae subfossils. We also would like to thank A. Lonczak, Prof. K. Ballantine, and three anonymous reviewers for their valuable comments on the early draft of this paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Leszek A. Błędzki
    • 1
    Email author
  • Krystyna Szeroczyńska
    • 2
  • Egle Puusepp
    • 3
  1. 1.Mount Holyoke CollegeSouth HadleyUSA
  2. 2.Institute of Geological SciencesPolish Academy of SciencesWarsawPoland
  3. 3.Institute of EcologyTallinn UniversityTallinnEstonia

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