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Volume 42, Issue 3


Food spectrum of the omnivorous rotifer Asplanchna priodonta in two large northeastern European lakes of different trophy

Katarina Oganjan / Taavi Virro / Velda Lauringson
Published Online: 2013-10-03 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s13545-013-0088-5


In this paper we examine the stomach contents of the omnivorous rotifer, Asplanchna priodonta, to evaluate possible trophic interactions between this rotifer and its potential prey in two large northeastern European lakes: moderately eutrophic Lake Peipsi and strongly eutrophic Lake Võrtsjärv. Our results show that the A. priodonta diet consisted of Bacillariophyta, Chlorophyta, Cyanobacteria, and Dinoflagellata. Ciliata were detected on rare occasion. Bacillariophyta were the most frequent food items in stomachs. There were no between-lake differences in the consumption of Chlorophyta and Cyanobacteria, whereas Bacillariophyta were consumed more in Lake Peipsi. However, neither Dinoflagellata nor Ciliata were found in stomach samples in Lake Võrtsjärv. We conclude that A. priodonta is an opportunistic feeder that is capable of influencing the phytoplankton community structure in large lakes.

Keywords: diet; feeding; lake trophic state; omnivory; rotifer; stomach contents

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Citation Information: Oceanological and Hydrobiological Studies, Volume 42, Issue 3, Pages 314–323, ISSN (Online) 1897-3191, ISSN (Print) 1730-413X, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s13545-013-0088-5.

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