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AB 5:246-248 (2009)  -  DOI:

Advances in the ecology of freshwater mysids

Idea and coordination: Lars G. Rudstam, Ora E. Johannsson

1Cornell Biological Field Station, Department of Natural Resources, Cornell University, Bridgeport, New York 13030, USA
1Fisheries and Oceans, Canada, Great Lakes Laboratory for Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 867 Lakeshore Rd., Burlington, Ontario L7R 4A6, Canada

ABSTRACT: Mysids can be considered the krill of lakes. These crustaceans are relatively small (<30 mm), omnivorous, perform extensive vertical migrations, are a major food source for fishes, and can be the dominant species by mass in lakes. This Theme Section comprises 4 papers that represent significant advances in the study of these ecologically important animals, including techniques that were not available 20 years ago, such as DNA:RNA:protein ratios, fatty acids and stable isotopes as growth indicators, quantitative analysis of acoustics data and vertical migration models. The Theme Section thus represents a step forward towards better understanding long-term zooplankton time series, mysid omnivory, and the mysid ecological role in lake food webs.

KEY WORDS: Mysis relicta · Mysis diluviana · Zooplankton · Lakes · Food web

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Cite this article as: Herringshaw LG, Solan M (2009) Advances in the ecology of freshwater mysids. Aquat Biol 5:246-248.

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