Distribution and production of the larval chironomid populations in Tjeukemeer

  • D. M. Beattie
Part of the Developments in Hydrobiology book series (DIHY, volume 11)


The distribution and production of larval chironomids in Tjeukemeer, a shallow, moderately large and wind exposed lake, were estimated between 1969 and 1972. The following seven species together contributed more than 95% of all the individuals collected: Chironomus anthracinus, Chironomus plumosus, Cladotanytarsus mancus, Glyptotendipes pallens, Polypedilum nubeculosum, Polypedilum scalaenum and Stictochironomus histrio. Density and biomass distribution depended generally on the substrate type and its stability. The standing crop biomass was highest in the reed-beds and in a narrow 100 m wide inshore zone and low in the large offshore zone. Wind induced wave action, causing substrate instability, is likely to be the main factor responsible for these low standing crops. The mean annual larval production in the lake was: 1969,1.8; 1970, 0.4; 1971, 1.7 and 1972, 3.7 g dry wt m−2.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. M. Beattie
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  1. 1.Tjeukemeer LaboratoryLimnologicaI InstituteOosterzeeThe Netherlands

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