Comparative ecology of Gammarus pulex (L.) and Asellus aquaticus (L.) II: fungal preferences

M. A.S. Graça, L. Maltby, P. Calow

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This paper continues to explore niche differentiation in Gammarus pulex and Asellus aquaticus by analysis of their food preferences. Individuals from both species discriminated between leaf discs colonized by different fungal species and exhibited strong preferences for Anguillospora longissima and Heliscus lugdunensis. Fungal preferences were not correlated with the relative abundance of fungi in the field and there was considerable intra-population variability in food preferences - both between individuals and for the same individual through time. Niche overlap between animals from all four study populations was high and there was no evidence of differences in the potential trophic niches of animals from sympatric and allopatric populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)163-170
Number of pages8
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 1994
Externally publishedYes


  • Asellus aquaticus
  • Gammarus pulex
  • aquatic hyphomycetes
  • coexistence
  • competition
  • detritivores
  • food preferences


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