Ann. Limnol. - Int. J. Lim.
Volume 40, Number 1, March 2004
|11 - 14
|15 February 2009
Allometric relations for Ceriodaphnia spp. and Daphnia spp.
Departamento de Biologia, Universidade de Aveiro, Campus Universitário de Santiago, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal.
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Ecotoxicological studies with cladocerans frequently assess the individual growth of the organisms. Measures upon living organisms should be avoided once they can lead to their death or affectation, therefore constraining the results. In this way, and considering that cladocerans species go through series of moults along their life cycle, measures upon the moult are preferred in almost all the studies. Thus, the establishment of allometric relations is required to enable feasible estimations of diverse growth parameters. Exopodite and total body length of two autochthonous (Daphnia longispina; Ceriodaphnia pulchella) and two standard (Daphnia magna; Ceriodaphnia dubia) living daphnids were registered. Regression analysis was applied in order to establish a relation between the two allometric measurements in each species. As high R-squared values were reached in all species, the obtained equations can be used as reference for estimations of body length in face of the «moult» exopodite length measure. Consequently, this work provides a support reference for ecotoxicological studies performed in lab with these species.
Key words: allometric estimations / body length / Ceriodaphnia dubia / Ceriodaphnia pulchella / Daphnia magna / Daphnia longispina / exopodite length / individual growth
© Université Paul Sabatier, 2004
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