Aquatic Ecology

, Volume 36, Issue 2, pp 245–256 | Cite as

Distribution of Gammarus lacustris Sars (Amphipoda, Gammaridae) in Lake Shira (Khakasia, Siberia) and laboratory study of its growth characteristics

  • Anna Yu Yemelyanova
  • Tatiana A. Temerova
  • Andrei G. Degermendzhy


Spatial distribution of Gammarus lacustris in Lake Shira and growth of young specimens that feed on lake biota were studied. The amphipods have been shown to inhabit the littoral, sublittoral and the upper aphytal zones of the lake on stony-sandy soil and silted sand. The young and adult individuals stay apart. The young live in submerged or semi-submerged vegetation in the littoral, the adults in the sublittoral and upper aphytal zones. Maximum density of amphipods was encountered in the areas influenced by human activity.

The feeding experiments revealed that the lake plankton is a more important food source for G. lacustris than any other food species. The specific growth rate measured was 0.039 d−1, with a length increment 0.095 mm d−1.

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  • Anna Yu Yemelyanova
  • Tatiana A. Temerova
  • Andrei G. Degermendzhy

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