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oa African Zoology - Growth, consumption and respiration by larvae of the kelp-fly Fucellia capensis (Diptera:Anthomyiidae)

Volume 15, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X

 

Abstract

At 18?C the eggs of the kelp-fly, Fucellia capensis, hatch in 24 - 32 h and the larval and pupal stages last 10- 12 and 9-14 days respectively. The growth curve is discontinuous, with declining relative growth rates in successive larval instars. Kelp-fly larvae are probably less significant consumers of drift kelp than amphipods or isopods, but they promote the decay of wrack beds and are favoured as food by sea-shore birds.

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1980-10-01
2019-10-14

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