The Timing of Reproduction to Distinct Spring Tide Situations in the Intertidal Insect Clunio

  • Dietrich Neumann
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At coasts with a strong semidiurnal tidal regime and lunar-semimonthly modulation of the tide’s amplitude, characteristic tidal situations reoccur periodically every 14–15 days about a specific time of day which is characteristic for a given location on a coast-line. One of the most effective situations is the time of spring low water when an extremely wide range of the midlittoral zone becomes exposed for some hours during the days around the time of full and new moon. However, the temporal characterics are correspondingly similar for any other phase of the semimonthly tidal pattern, e.g. the neap ebb tide at about the time of the quarters of the moon.


Tidal Cycle Spring Tide Tidal Factor Eclosion Rhythm Lunar Timing 
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  • Dietrich Neumann
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  1. 1.University of KölnWest Germany

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