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Hydrobiological Journal
SJR: 0.227 SNIP: 0.901 CiteScore™: 0.5

ISSN Print: 0018-8166
ISSN Online: 1943-5991

Hydrobiological Journal

DOI: 10.1615/HydrobJ.v53.i3.100
pages 100-106

Selection of Mineral Substrates by Chironomus riparius Larvae

V. D. Romanenko
Institute of Hydrobiology National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine Kiev, Ukraine
M. T. Goncharova
Institute of Hydrobiology National Academy of Sciences Kiev, Ukraine
I. M. Konovets
Institute of Hydrobiology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kiev
L. S. Kipnis
Institute of Hydrobiology National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine Kiev, Ukraine


It was shown that the optimal substrates for growth and development of the non-biting midges Chironomus riparius larvae are silty and fine sandy. The larvae are able to select the substrate; they prefer fine fractions and avoid larger-medium sand fraction, but substrate preference of larvae is determined rather by food conditions than particle size.

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