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Clearance rates of Limnoperna fortunei (Bivalvia) were investigated in laboratory experiments using monocultures of the alga Chlorella vulgaris. Experimental conditions included two mollusc sizes (15 and 23 mm), and three water temperatures (15, 20 and 25°C) covering the normal seasonal range in the lower Paraná river and Río de la Plata estuary. Filtration rates obtained were, for the larger mussels: 9.9, 13.1 and 17.7 ml mg tissue dry weight-1 h-1 at 15, 20 and 25°C, respectively; and for the smaller ones: 17.7, 20.8 and 29.5 ml mg-1 h-1. Differences between sizes and between temperatures (except 15 vs. 20°C) were statistically significant. In absolute terms larger animals have higher clearance rates, but as a function of body mass smaller individuals feed more actively. Within the range of experimental values used, filtration rates were positively associated with water temperature. These clearance rates (125-350 ml individual-1 h-1) are among the highest reported for suspension feeding bivalves, including the invasive species Dreissena polymorpha, D. bugensis and Corbicula fluminea. High filtration rates, associated with the very high densities of this mollusc in the Paraná watershed (up to over 200,000 ind m-2) suggest that its environmental impact may be swiftly changing ecological conditions in the areas colonized. © 2005 Springer.


Documento: Artículo
Título:Filtration rates of the invasive pest bivalve Limnoperna fortunei as a function of Size and Temperature
Autor:Sylvester, F.; Dorado, J.; Boltovskoy, D.; Juárez, Á.; Cataldo, D.
Filiación:Depto. de Ecologia, Genet. Y Evol., Fac. de Ciencias Exactas Y Naturales, Ciudad Universitaria, (1428) Buenos Aires, Argentina
Consejo Nac. de Invest. Cie. Y Tec., Av. Rivadavia 1917, (C1033AAJ) Buenos Aires, Argentina
Museo Argentino Cie. Nat. 'B., Av. Ángel Gallardo 470, (CI405DJR) Buenos Aires, Argentina
Palabras clave:Clearance rates; Filtration rate; Grazing; Limnoperna fortunei; Molluscs; Ecology; Environmental impact; Estuaries; Filtration; Limnoperna fortunei; Mollusc; Monocultures; Water temperature; Pest control; filter feeder; grazing; invasive species; mollusc; Brazil; Parana; South America; Western Hemisphere; World; algae; Animalia; Bivalvia; Chlorella vulgaris; Corbicula fluminea; Dreissena bugensis; Dreissena polymorpha; Limnoperna; Limnoperna fortunei; Mollusca
Página de inicio:71
Página de fin:80
Título revista:Hydrobiologia
Título revista abreviado:Hydrobiologia


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Sylvester, F., Dorado, J., Boltovskoy, D., Juárez, Á. & Cataldo, D. (2005) . Filtration rates of the invasive pest bivalve Limnoperna fortunei as a function of Size and Temperature. Hydrobiologia, 534(1-3), 71-80.
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Sylvester, F., Dorado, J., Boltovskoy, D., Juárez, Á., Cataldo, D. "Filtration rates of the invasive pest bivalve Limnoperna fortunei as a function of Size and Temperature" . Hydrobiologia 534, no. 1-3 (2005) : 71-80.
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Sylvester, F., Dorado, J., Boltovskoy, D., Juárez, Á., Cataldo, D. "Filtration rates of the invasive pest bivalve Limnoperna fortunei as a function of Size and Temperature" . Hydrobiologia, vol. 534, no. 1-3, 2005, pp. 71-80.
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Sylvester, F., Dorado, J., Boltovskoy, D., Juárez, Á., Cataldo, D. Filtration rates of the invasive pest bivalve Limnoperna fortunei as a function of Size and Temperature. Hydrobiologia. 2005;534(1-3):71-80.