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The distribution and abundance of benthic cyclopoid copepods in Esthwaite Water, Cumbria


Tinson, SV and Laybourn-Parry, J, The distribution and abundance of benthic cyclopoid copepods in Esthwaite Water, Cumbria, Hydrobiologia, 131, (3) pp. 225-234. ISSN 0018-8158 (1986) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1007/BF00008858


The spatial and temporal distribution of the benthic cyclopoid copepods, Acanthocyclops viridis, Acanthocyclops bicuspidatus, Eucyclops agilis, Paracyclops fimbriatus and Macrocyclops albidus in a small eutrophic lake Esthwaite Water, Cumbria was investigated in 1982 and 1983. The behavioural and physiological mechanisms by which these organisms cope with the conditions of hypoxia and anoxia prevalent during seasonal stratification of the lake waters was considered. During stratification all of these species, with the exception of resting stage A. bicuspidatus, disappeared from the profundal zone and were limited to the shallower margins of the lake. None of these copepod species entered the plankton and established planktonic populations, none appeared capable of sustained anaerobic respiration, although all can withstand some degree of hypoxia, and only A. bicuspidatus appeared capable of entering resting stages. The data suggest that in eutrophic lakes species normally found in the profundus deal with anoxia by lateral migration to shallow waters where oxygen is available. © 1986 Dr W. Junk Publishers.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology)
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences
UTAS Author:Laybourn-Parry, J (Professor Johanna Laybourn-Parry)
ID Code:49423
Year Published:1986
Web of Science® Times Cited:11
Deposited By:Research Division
Deposited On:2007-12-11
Last Modified:2011-08-30

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