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Behaviour and food selection of Heterocypris incongruens(Ostracoda)

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In this work, the ostracod Heterocypris incongruens(Ramdohr, 1808) was used to analyse three of its behavioural activities (feeding, swimming and resting) and its food preference. The majority of the individuals spent their time swimming. However, towards the end of the experiment, the number of individuals found feeding increased. The overall time spent feeding throughout the experiment was significantly longer than the time spent swimming and resting. Spinach was the most frequently used food, followed by mosquito larvae, Cyclops(plankton mix) and Spirulina mix. The retention time spent in the compartment containing spinach was also significantly longer than the time spent on all other items.

Affiliations: 1: 1Institute of Zoology, Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade, Studentski trg 16, RS-381, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia; 2: 2Siniša Stanković Institute for Biological Research, University of Belgrade, Despota Stefana Blvd. 142, RS-381, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia


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