Trophic ecology of Plecoptera (Insecta): a review

  title={Trophic ecology of Plecoptera (Insecta): a review},
  author={Jos{\'e} Manuel Tierno de Figueroa and Manuel Jes{\'u}s L{\'o}pez-Rodr{\'i}guez},
  journal={The European Zoological Journal},
  pages={102 - 79}
Abstract We here review the current knowledge on the trophic ecology of stoneflies, an aquatic insect group of substantial ecological importance in lotic systems. We provide information on the feeding habits of nymphs and adults of the different families and highlight those studies that support particularly interesting findings. Regarding nymphs, we discuss the state of the art on aspects such as foraging strategies and behaviours, food acquisition mechanisms, the existence or absence of… Expand
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