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SEASONAL OCCURRENCE AND HABITAT CHARACTERISTICS OF SOME VERNAL POOL BRANCHIOPODA IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, U.S.A.

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ABSTRACT New information on the life history and habitats of branchiopods in California vernal pools is presented. Pools were sampled biweekly during the 1992–1993 season. Branchinecta lynchi had 3 distinct hatches in 1 season which were dependent on pools drying and refilling with cold temperature water. Linderiella occidentalis and Lepidurus packardi were not observed after pools first dried and then filled a second time in 1 season. Physical habitat factors, including pool depth, surface area, and volume, were examined in relation to species presence. Pool area and volume are not as important as depth for pools in which these species occurred. Habitat duration for B. lynchi was between 3 and 14 weeks. Most pools containing B. lynchi had a duration of 7 weeks and females with shelled cysts in their brood pouches were observed after 6 weeks early in the season and after 2 weeks later in the season when temperatures were higher. Linderiella occidentalis and Lepidurus packardi require deeper pools with durations greater than 7 weeks.

10.1163/193724096X00135
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2017-10-17

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