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Observations On the Effect of Diet and Temperature On Rate of Development of Mesocyclops Leuckarti (Claus) (Copepoda, Cyclopoida)

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The effect of diet and temperature on the development rate of Mesocyclops leuckarti (Claus) was studied experimentally. M. leuckarti developed successfully from copepodid stage I to adult with diets of Protozoa, Euglena gracilis and calanoid nauplii. Very few copepodids were reared successfully on diets of larger prey species (small Cerodaphnia dubia, copepodid stages I-III of Calamoecia lucasi). With mixed diets (Protozoa and calanoid nauplii, E. gracilis and C. dubia) the time spent in copepodid stage V was shorter than with either of the diets singly. It is suggested that prey items larger than nauplii are not an important food source until copepodid stage V. The relation between the time taken from copepodid stage I to VI and temperature is described by an exponential function. The development times from copepodid stage I to adult were considerably shorter than those reported in other studies.

Affiliations: 1: School of Science, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand

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