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The ecology of the crustacean zooplankton in central Chilean small lakes and reservoirs

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The central part of Chile has numerous reservoirs and small lakes located in agricultural valleys and plains. From the sites studied there with regard to crustacean plankton, mainly species occurrences have been reported, and the few ecological studies revealed the role of the trophic status of those water bodies in determining the zooplankton assemblage locally present. The zooplankton assemblages in this region are characterized by the presence of small cladocerans, mainly Ceriodaphnia dubia, Moina micrura, and Neobosmina chilensis [now referred to as Eubosmina hagmanni], and by the occurrence of the calanoid, Tumeodiaptomus diabolicus. An example of these kinds of lakes can well be the Nahuelbutan Lakes, located in a coastal mountain zone with a wide gradient of trophic status, where it is possible to find eutrophic lakes located close to urban zones, and mesotrophic lakes located in zones with agricultural and/or silvicultural activities.

Keywords:Ceriodaphnia dubia; Chilean reservoirs; Chilean small lakes; crustacean plankton; ecology; Moina micrura; Neobosmina chilensis; species; zooplankton

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