Zooplankton and Their Relationship to Phytoplankton

  • Richard C. Lathrop
  • Stephen R. Carpenter
Part of the Springer Series on Environmental Management book series (SSEM)


The limnetic zooplankton that commonly occur in Lake Mendota are important both as grazers of phytoplankton and as food for fish and large invertable predators. Because of their central role in the food web, they are a key ecosystem component from the standpoint of the food web research summarized in this book. Daphnia are of particular interest because they are subject to intensively selective predation by fishes and because they exert substantial grazing pressure on algal populations (Hrbacek 1962; Brooks and Dodson 1965; Shapiro et al. 1975; Carpenter et al. 1987; Sterner 1989; Vanni et al., Ch. 13; Luecke et al., Ch. 14). This chapter describes the zooplankton of the Lake Mendota and, building on results from the preceding chapter on phytoplankton, evaluates patterns of herbivory in Lake Mendota.


Total Zooplankton Daphnia Species Daphnia Population Algal Biovolume Edible Alga 
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