The swimming behavior of planktonic crustaceans colonizing algal mats


Laboratory experiments showed that both cladocerans and copepods are able to overcome a filamentous algae barrier, and are able to move within algal mats. This suggests that the crustaceans noted in large numbers in accumulations of algae actively colonize these mats and live inside of them.

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Rybak, J.I. The swimming behavior of planktonic crustaceans colonizing algal mats. Hydrobiologia 337, 183–186 (1996).

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Key words

  • Cladocera
  • Copepoda
  • filamentous algae
  • swimming behavior