The susceptiblity of Keratella cochlearis to interference from small cladocerans
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SUMMARY. 1. Even at high population densities (300–2000 ind. 1−1), only one of five small cladoceran species (adult body length 24 h old) to interference from Ceriodaphnia dubia. All of the small cladoceran species tested were very much less likely than large Daphnia (body lengths >1.2 mm) to interfere with K. cochlearis, but perhaps at high population densities they could suppress population growth of susceptible rotifer species by damaging, and possibly eating, relatively small and soft‐bodied newborn individuals. 3. K. cochlearis of the tecta form, without a posterior spine, produced offspring of the typica form, with a posterior spine, in the presence of C. dubia. This developmental response is stimulated by at least several, and possibly all, cladocerans and probably reduces the susceptibility of the rotifer to cladoceran interference. Copyright © 1989, Wiley Blackwell. All rights reserved
Gilbert, J. J. and MacIsaac, Hugh J., "The susceptiblity of Keratella cochlearis to interference from small cladocerans" (1989). Freshwater Biology, 22, 2, 333-339.