[AHW34-P03] A study on life cycle of freshwater copepod in Chino-ike(Bloody lake), an ephemeral lake on the top of Mt.Akagi, central Japan
Keywords:Mt. Akagi, freshwater copepod, carbon and nitrogen isotopes, ephemeral lake, Acanthodiaptomus pacificus, aquatic ecology
The survey was conducted in June, October and December in 2018 and July, September, November and December in 2019. In 2018, lake water appeared on October 1 and lasted until on October 19. In 2019, lake water appeared on June 22 and lasted until September 29, and reappeared on October 12 and lasted until mid-December. In 2018, the maximum water depth of 98 cm was recorded on October 3.In 2019, the maximum water depths of about 180 cm and 200 cm and more were recorded on August 29 and on mid-October, respectively.The survey was conducted in October 2018 and in July, September, November and December 2019. Plankton samples were collected from 13 points (17 samples in total with different depths) in 2018 and 3 or 4 points (4-21 samples in total with different depths) in 2019. The number of plankton in a given volume of lake water was counted on the samples in the laboratory. For the surveys in June and December 2018 when the lake dried up, surface soil samples were collected at the same locations for counting the number of dormant eggs and plankton. Sedimentation traps were installed at two locations on the lake bottom to collect dormant eggs from September 26 to December 8, 2019.
As a result of the study, for adult and copepodite larvae, a higher population density was found at deeper water depths. Nauplius larva showed a higher population density at the surface water to the contrary. The optimal water temperature for A. pacificus growth proved to be 17℃, hatching and growing into adults in about two weeks. Additional findings including the life cycle of A. pacificus are to be discussed at the conference.
A reconnaissance analysis of nitrogen and carbon isotopes indicates one of the reasons why the lake water in Chino-ike turned red in late autumn is the mixing of A. pacificus and lake water. We are also elucidating food habits of A. pacificus in more detail on the basis of nitrogen and carbon isotopes from now on.