QUEIMALIÑOS claudia Patricia
Long-term exposure of Boeckella gibbossa (Copepoda, calanoida) to in situ levels of solar UV-B radiation
ZAGARESE, HE; WILLIAMSON, C; VAIL, T; OLSEN, O; QUEIMALIÑOS, CP
FRESHWATER BIOLOGY (PRINT)
Lugar: Oxford; Año: 1997 vol. 37 p. 99 - 111
1. The freshwater calanoid copepod Boeckella gibbosa is typical of high elevation lakes and ponds in Patagonia (Argentina). Previous studies have shown that this species is highly tolerant to short-term exposure to natural and artificial UVB radiation, and that its tolerance is due to photoreactivation by longer wavelength radiation. In this study we investigate the potential sublethal effects of solar radiation after prolonged exposure. 2. We incubated B. gibbosa at 1 m depth in oligotrophic Lake Toncek for 24 days. The incubation chambers were 1.2 acrylic cylinders covered with appropriate filters in order to obtain three radiation treatments: visible radiation only, visible radiation + UVA and visible radiation + UVA + UVB. 3. The three treatments did not differ significantly in variables considered as indicators of survival (number of individuals), Reproduction (proportion of ovigerous females, clutch size) and development (instar composition). Although resistance to solar UVB radiation is certainly a requisite to live in transparent high elevation habitats, the fact of being effectively exposed to natural levels of UVB radiation does not seem to have measurable consequences on an already adapted species, such as B. gibbosa.