Brachionus plicatilis tolerance to low oxygen concentrations

  • Angeles Esparcia
  • María R. Miracle
  • Manuel Serra
Part of the Developments in Hydrobiology book series (DIHY, volume 52)


Tolerance to low oxygen concentrations is expected in Brachionus plicatilis, a rotifer adapted to live in saline warm waters. The population dynamics of a clone of this species, isolated from an endorreic saline lake, was studied under controlled laboratory conditions. Although their growth and metabolism is extremely reduced, B. plicatilis populations are able to maintain relatively high-density populations (a mean of 35 ind ml−1) in oxygen concentrations below 1 mgl−1, for more than one month. Major features of population growth related to oxygen are discussed.

Key words

rotifers oxygen extreme conditions population dynamics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Angeles Esparcia
    • 1
  • María R. Miracle
    • 1
  • Manuel Serra
    • 1
  1. 1.Dep. de Ecología, Fac. C. BiológicasUniversidad de ValenciaBurjasot (Valencia)Spain

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