Preliminary studies on predation by Sphaerodema nepoides fabricius (Heteroptera

Belostomatidae)

Reginald Victor, Livinus I. Ugwoke

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Abstract

Sphaerodema nepoides Fabricius (Heteroptera: Belostomatidae) is an ambush predator in habitats with abundant aquatic vegetation. S. nepoides is polyphagous and normally consumes prey with a size range of 3-15 mm. Prey size influences the detection (Dt), handling (Ht) and total predation (Pt) times. Prey motion is also an important factor in the detection of some prey. Satiation is variable in different predators.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-32
Number of pages8
JournalHydrobiologia
Volume154
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1987

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Keywords

  • belostomatidae
  • predation
  • Sphaerodema nepoides

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  • Water Science and Technology
  • Pollution
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Oceanography
  • Aquatic Science

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Preliminary studies on predation by Sphaerodema nepoides fabricius (Heteroptera : Belostomatidae). / Victor, Reginald; Ugwoke, Livinus I.

In: Hydrobiologia, Vol. 154, No. 1, 11.1987, p. 25-32.

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