- Behavioral responses of caddisfly larvae (Hydropsyche angustipennis) to hypoxia
- Contributions to Zoology
- Volume | Issue number
- 76 | 4
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- Document type
- Faculty of Science (FNWI)
- Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED)
The availability of aquatic oxygen can limit habitat suitability for benthic insects, and differences in hypoxia tolerance can therefore play a role in explaining distributions in the fi eld. This study describes a behavioural test in which the trade off between different survival strategies after exposure to different oxygen concentrations is analyzed, using the caddisfl y Hydropsyche
angustipennis as a model organism. The impedance conversion technique was used to quantify patterns of behaviour for individual caddisfl ies at three levels of dissolved oxygen
(100%, 50%, and 30% saturation) under controlled laboratory conditions. Exposure to hypoxia resulted in behavioural changes: under low-oxygen conditions, larvae increased their ventilation
rate, which may increase oxygen uptake. However, they also increased the time spent on other activities, which may reflect avoidance behaviour.
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