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Diurnal vertical distribution of rotifers (Rotifera) in the Chara zone of Budzyńskie Lake, Poland

  • Natalia Kuczyńska-Kippen
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Part of the Developments in Hydrobiology book series (DIHY, volume 153)


Diurnal vertical distribution of rotifers was investigated in the Chara bed and the water immediately above it in the shallow region (ca. 1 m depth) of Budzyńskie Lake (Wielkopolski National Park, Poland) in early September 1998. Eighty one rotifer species were identified — 71 among Chara and 59 in the open water. Significant differences in rotifer densities were observed in the Chara, with highest numbers during the day (2316 ind. 1−1) and lowest numbers early morning (521 ind. 1−1) and at dusk (610 ind. 1−1). Above the Chara, the numbers of rotifers did not change significantly (615–956 ind. 1−1). Littoral- or limnetic-forms differed in their diel vertical distribution between both zones. One group of littoral species was characterized by increased densities in the Chara in the daytime, while a second group increased in density during the night. The densities of limnetic species, which were much higher in open water, decreased in the morning or daytime in this zone. These differences in the diel behaviour of particular groups of rotifers may be dependent on microhabitat and may also be related to different kinds of predation, the exploitative competition for shared food resources between rotifers and crustaceans, as well as typical adaptation to littoral or limnetic life.

Key words

rotifers diurnal vertical distribution Chara shallow lake 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Natalia Kuczyńska-Kippen
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  1. 1.Department of HydrobiologyAdam Mickiewicz UniversityPoznańPoland

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