Interspecific interactions in the marine rotifer microcosm


Copepods and protozoans often co-exist in marinerotifer mass cultures. Interspecific interactionbetween the rotifer Brachionus rotundiformisTschugunoff and eight other zooplankton species,namely Brachionus plicatilis O. F. Müller (rotifer),Diaphanosoma celebensis Stingelin (cladoceran),Tigriopus japonicus Mori, Acartia sp. (copepod),Euplotes sp., Vorticella sp., an unidentifiedprotozoan species (P1 strain) (protozoan) and Artemiasp. (anostracan) at two developmental stages (nauplii –0.95 mm, 0 days old; adults – 3.3 mm, 19 days old) wereinvestigated in the laboratory.There was no contaminating species that contributedto an increase in rotifer population growth during theexperiments. Four types of interspecific interactionswere seen between B. rotundiformis and otherco-existing zooplankton species. These include effectson population growth: (1) both species declined, (2) onespecies is promoted while the other is not influenced,(3) one species is declined while the other is notinfluenced and (4) one species is promoted while theother declined. The first type was exhibited by B. rotundiformis vs B. plicatilis, B. rotundiformis vsD. celebensis and B. rotundiformis vs Artemia sp. The second type was exhibited by B. rotundiformis vsVorticella sp. and the third type by B. rotundiformisvs Euplotes sp. and B. rotundiformis vs T. japonicus. The fourth type was exhibited by B. rotundiformis vs Acartia sp. and B. rotundiformis vs P1 strain.

DOI: 10.1023/A:1003120120931

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@article{Jung2004InterspecificII, title={Interspecific interactions in the marine rotifer microcosm}, author={Min-min Jung and Atsushi Hagiwara and Kazutsugu Hirayama}, journal={Hydrobiologia}, year={2004}, volume={358}, pages={121-126} }