Rotatoria pp 83-85 | Cite as

Detrital Feeding in Natural Zooplankton Communities: Discrimination Between Live and Dead Algal Foods

  • Peter L. Starkweather
  • Kenneth G. Bogdan
Part of the Developments in Hydrobiology book series (DIHY, volume 1)


Freshwater Zooplankton species differ in their consumption of live and dead algal cells when tested in situ. Using isotopicallylabeled living and heat-killed Chlamydomonas reinhardti as models for phytoplankton and detrital ses ton, respectively, we tested differential feeding on these foods by 3 rotifers and 2 microcrustaceans. Keratella cochlearis selectively feeds on ‘detrital’ materials while 2 sympatric rotifer species, Conochilus dossuarius and Kellicottia bostoniensis show no ability to discriminate between the living and dead foods. Both the copepod Diaptomus spatulocrenatus and a cladoceran, Bosmina sp., differentially consume living cells.


rotifers detritus detrital feeding food selectivity community structure niche microcrustaceans 


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© Dr. W. Junk bv Publishers, The Hague 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter L. Starkweather
    • 1
  • Kenneth G. Bogdan
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Biological SciencesUniversity of Nevada, Las VegasLas VegasUSA
  2. 2.Department of Biological SciencesDartmouth CollegeHanoverUSA

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