Effect of carnivory on larvae and adults of a detritivorous caddisfly, Lepidostoma complicatum: a laboratory experiment

  title={Effect of carnivory on larvae and adults of a detritivorous caddisfly, Lepidostoma complicatum: a laboratory experiment},
  author={Tomiko Ito},
  • Tomiko Ito
  • Published 4 August 2005
  • Environmental Science
  • Limnology
Lepidostomatid caddisfly larvae are typical detritivores, but they occasionally eat small dead animals. A laboratory feeding experiment was conducted with Lepidostoma complicatum (Kobayashi) larvae using two different feeding treatments: leaves or leaves and dead chironomids. L. complicatum larvae showed significantly higher growth rates and adult emergence weight and a significantly earlier emergence for the leaves and dead chironomids treatment than for the leaves alone treatment. However… 

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