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Visual and chemical cues from aquatic snails reduce chironomid oviposition

Devereaux, Jacqueline; Mokany, Alison (Allie)


Chironomus oppositus sensu lato and the freshwater gastropod Physa acuta are distantly related taxa inhabiting temporary ponds. Although their distributions overlap, their peak abundances do not coincide in time and space. This study used field-based mesocosm experiments to examine the effect of P. acuta on the distribution and abundance of C. oppositus. Results indicated that chironomid larval abundance was substantially higher in mesocosms without P. acuta. The abundance of C. oppositus...[Show more]

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Date published: 2006
Type: Journal article
Source: Australian Journal of Zoology
DOI: 10.1071/ZO05069


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