Aspects of the life span and phenology of the invasive freshwater shrimp Atyaephyra desmarestii (Millet, 1831) at the northeastern edge of its range (Upper Rhine)

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Quantitative aspects of the life cycle of the freshwater shrimp Atyaephyra desmarestii were used to investigate its life span at the edge of its distribution area in Central Europe (Upper Rhine) for a period of three years. We estimated the proportion of the population surviving a second hibernation period. The appearance of ovigerous females in late spring was followed by a strong decline in the number of adults, the appearance of a high percentage of juveniles in late summer (0.58 ind./m2), and their subsequent disappearance from the shore in winter. A small semivoltine cohort survived a second winter. The average life span was 12-15 (max. 29) months under laboratory conditions. In molecular studies (COX I), the Upper Rhine and Southern France populations clustered within the North Africa/West-Central Europe species clade. Due to its low productivity, this invasive species is unlikely to cause management problems.

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  • A-B, Geographical position of the study area; sampling sites are indicated by circles: station 1, Rhine near Iffezheim; 2, inflow of River Murg; 3, harbour of Lauterbourg; 4, Fahmersee; 5, harbour of Wörth; 6, mouth of River Alb; 7, Rhine, oxbow near Lingenfeld; 8, Rhine, oxbow near Speyer; 9, harbour of Mannheim. C-E, Photographs, of C, the freshwater shrimp, Atyaephyra desmarestii (Millet, 1831); D, the permanent study site at Wörth harbour (station 5); and, E, the permanent study site at Fahmersee (station 4).

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  • Abundance of Atyaephyra desmarestii (Millet, 1831) (mean + S.D.) in the Upper Rhine compared with the water level (gray background) at Maxau, Baden-Württemberg.

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  • Phylogenetic tree of Atyaephyra desmarestii (Millet, 1831) based on partial (∼500 nt) sequences of COX I. Numbers on the nodes indicate maximum-likelihood branch support and neighbour-joining bootstrap values, respectively. For both methods the TrN + G model with 1000 replicates was applied. Only values >50% are shown. Sequences from this study are underlined.

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