Food selection in Eucypris virens (Crustacea: Ostracoda) under experimental conditions

  • O. Schmit
  • G. Rossetti
  • J. Vandekerkhove
  • F. Mezquita
Part of the Developments in Hydrobiology book series (DIHY, volume 197)


Ostracods have long been studied by scientists because their fossil remnants provide a valuable tool for the reconstruction of past environmental changes, including climate change and anthropogenic eutrophication. Relatively little is known about the physiology, behaviour and reproductive ecology of recent forms. We argue that filling this gap in knowledge requires stable cultures that can be used in laboratory studies. Here we provide quantitative information on the food preference of the common non-marine ostracod Eucypris virens. Using an experimental device allowing a free choice of eight food items, including both autoand heterotrophic organisms, observations were carried out on groups of animals from different populations. Our results indicate that E. virens highly prefers spinach and the cyanobacterium Tolypothrix tenuis to other food items. The latter also plays an important role in maintaining the quality of the culture medium and provides a convenient substrate for moulting and egg-laying. As such, we recommend Cyanobacteria like T. tenuis as a food source for long-standing cultures of E. virens, and other non-marine ostracod species.


Eucypris virens Freshwater ostracods Culturing Food selection Laboratory experiments 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • O. Schmit
    • 1
    • 2
  • G. Rossetti
    • 2
  • J. Vandekerkhove
    • 1
    • 2
  • F. Mezquita
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Microbiology and EcologyUniversity of ValènciaBurjassot ValenciaSpain
  2. 2.Department of Environmental SciencesUniversity of ParmaParmaItaly

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