Summer Algal Blooms
As summer temperatures roll in, warmer water encourages the growth of cyanobacteria and algae, some of which form blooms. These blooms are usually harmless, however some can be toxic to aquatic life. This however provides a bounty for microorganisms and animals which feed on algae such as ciliated protists, water fleas and copepods.
Image Credit: Jack Dazley.
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Found in most aquatic environments, freshwater or marine, copepods play an important role in their ecosystem by linking microbial and macroscopic (animal based) food networks. Closely related to other crustaceans such as shrimp and crabs, many copepods have a single compound eye, such as the aptly named genus Cyclops.
Investigating Freshwater Invertebrates in the River Frome
Great to see the students from Prince of Wales School and Thomas Hardye School getting involved in freshwater biology. Freshwater invertebrates such as insect larvae, saucer bugs and freshwater shrimp were collected from samples from the river Frome, and their importance as indicators of water quality was demonstrated.
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