Trophic relationships: integrating meiofauna into a realistic benthic food web
Schmid-Araya, JM.; Schmid, PE.
Freshwater Biology 44(1): 149-163 (Special Issue)
ISSN/ISBN: 0046-5070 DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-2427.2000.00594.x
The most important contributions on trophic relationships of lotic meiofauna are summarized. In contrast to marine research, the few quantitative studies of the freshwater meiobenthos have shown that these invertebrates not only take up particulate/fine organic matter, but also dissolved organic substances attached to organic particles. In lotic ecosystems, further estimates of grazing rate and bacterial/algal ingestion rate are needed, particularly in situ measurements.